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WHO lauds Lesotho’s efforts to fight COVID-19

WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

May 15, 2021 2 min read

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WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) African region has applauded Lesotho for the major strides it is making in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, through the COVAX vaccine roll-out.

According to a recent WHO report, 20 000 health workers in Lesotho have now been successfully vaccinated against COVID 19 and the country’s target is 95 percent.
WHO reveals that over 4.6 million confirmed COVID 19 cases, with more than 4.2 million recoveries and 125 000 deaths cumulatively have been reported on the African continent.
It further states that COVID 19 vaccines protect people from severe illness and death from the virus.

The benefits of getting the COVID 19 vaccine greatly outweigh the risk of any side effects, the body also says.
Currently, the Ministry of Health is vaccinating frontline workers, elderly people along with patients with chronic illness like high blood pressure, sugar diabetes, TB, HIV, asthma, cancer and heart related illnesses against COVID-19.

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Lesotho confirmed its first COVID 19 case on May 13, last year. The Ministry of Health said the first case was a Lesotho national who was coming from Saudi Arabia.
WHO encourages individuals to maintain safety protocols to minimise the spread of the virus which include hand washing with soap and running water, observing coughing and sneezing etiquette, following quarantine measures and adhering to set terms of the lock-down to reduce the possible spread of the disease. LeNA


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