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Sectors pledge to strengthen health systems

The Minister of Health Motlatsi Maqelepo


Nov. 27, 2020 2 min read

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VARIOUS sectors participating at roundtable discussions have pledged to strengthen health systems and amplify the fight against gender-based violence in the context of COVID-19.

The pledge is a pilot model in Berea, following findings revealed during the monitoring of standards in health facilities within the district by the World Vision Lesotho.

The dialogues were held in Maseru and participants included MPs, senators, the business community, government departments and community leaders
The Minister of Health Motlatsi Maqelepo who is also MP for the Berea constituency undertook to empower community leaders’ structures, in order to hold accountable service providers for projects like provision of water in their areas if such individuals fail to deliver.  

He pledged to ensure that health centres across the country get Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Mr Maqelepo further undertook to solve issues pertaining to village health workers' wages, saying they play a vital role in contact tracing for COVDI-19.

He commended them for their immense contribution in the fight against the pandemic.

Senator ’Makholu Moshoeshoe also pledged MPs’ full support towards enhancing public participation on COVID-19 related issues and gender based violence.

She said they will also spearhead outreach programmes in hospitals, clinics and Correctional Services across the country on the impact of COVID-19.
Mrs Moshoeshoe said they will also question relevant line ministries on the impact of COVID-19, HIV /AIDS prevention measures like PrEP, state of defaulters, rape and mental health.
MP for the Mabote constituency Moshoeshoe Fako pledged to ensure that Ministry of Health is given enough money to cover the identified gaps.

 


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Mr Moshoeshoe who is also the chairperson of the social cluster committee in the National Assembly said COVID-19 has been a wake-up call, calling on government to work hard in strengthening the health systems for improved lives.

MP for the Qalo constituency and also chairperson of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Thabang Kholumo pledged that they will monitor the cou8ntry’s performance on SDG and push relevant ministries to implement SDGs.
Other sectors including the business community, commercial banks and community leaders promised to communicate with their management to ensure pledges at later stages.


 

 

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