The report was tabled on Monday for adoption before the National Assembly by the chairperson of the HIV/AIDS Committee, ’Mapulumo Hlao.
After it was successfully tabled, the report was adopted by the house.
Presenting it, Mrs Hlao said the committee was concerned that all the essential efforts were directed towards the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak and in the process, neglecting the normal HIV/AIDS activities, which she added has aggravated the scourge both in Lesotho and the world at large.
She said the committee resolved to invite the National AIDS Commission (NAC) to establish as to what activities have now been put in place to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The commission she said instead related challenges it faced during the period under review, including the closing down of its offices in the districts which has tampered with its activities to get up to date statistics.
Mr Hlao said the commission highlighted that during the lockdown, new HIV infections rose sharply and many girls as young as 14 years old also fell pregnant as they loitered around due to closed schools.
“Another serious challenge that was noted during the time in question was the rampant domestic violence as most men spent a lot of time at home,” she also showed.
A number of pregnant women and girls, she noted also gave birth to premature babies as most of them were unable to go to health centres for treatment during the lock down due to the restricted movement.
The impact was further compounded by the nationwide strike by health professionals (doctors and nurses) who demanded risk allowances and personal protective equipment (PPE), she said.