health

March 7, 2022

LINEO MABEKEBEKE

1 min read

Queen II to take care of 400 000 patients

Queen II to take care of 400 000 patients

The newly constructed Queen II Hospital

Story highlights

  • Construction failed to take off due to delayed demolition processes
  • The hospital will relieve congestion mainly at Queen ’Mamohato Memorial Hospital

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THE Maseru district hospital, Queen Elizabeth II, will open doors to 400 000 patients here and other districts upon completion in 2023.

In his 2022/23 budget speech, the Minister of Finance, Thabo Sophonea said the hospital which was initially projected to begin in 2018, had failed to take off after government delayed the demolition of the old Queen Elizabeth II structure.

The delay was largely due to the bickering between the ministries of health and public works over the costs of demolition, where the old hospital was finally demolished in April 2020.

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The hospital, which is being rebuild by a Chinese contractor Shanghai Construction, intends to provide improved health services to Maseru residents and other districts, in particular services including eye care, cancer, tuberculosis (TB), HIV and non-communicable diseases including telemedicine platforms.

Mr Sophonea said the newly built Queen II would relieve the congestion at the Queen ’Mamohato Memorial Hospital (QMMH) and other health centres around Maseru.

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