Africa-Press – Lesotho. In the bid to continue the fight against Covid-19 in the country, the Queen’s National Trust Fund (QNTF) OBE donated 9 oxygen concentrators to the Ministry of Health (MoH), which were
allocated to three health centers on Tuesday. The fund was aided by Lesotho Millennium Development Agency (LMDA) as the main donor. Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate
Mohato Seeiso has directed that the oxygen concentrators be allocated to St James Hospital at Mantšonyane, Ntšekhle Hospital in Mohale’s Hoek and Maluti Adventist Hospital at Mapoteng.
She said these hospitals could not purchase their own concentrators. The Queen said even though the Covid-19 pandemic seem to have decreased, people still need to take good
precautions and “prepare for rainy days”. “These will not only help for Covid-19 patients who encounter difficulty in breathing but in other diseases and
instances where patients need oxygen support as well. We have lost a number of Basotho in this pandemic, every family was affected by Coronavirus either way, therefore
donating these equipment is a demonstration that we don’t want to lose more lives,” she said. She further said it is vital for every health facilities, especially clinics, to have enough Covid-19
equipment, therefore she invited capable parties to donate such equipment in health centers. She further appreciated LMDA for their support and all stakeholders who donated into the fund.
From Maloti Adventist Hospital, Dr Thabang Polumo appreciated the gift, saying it is the most needed equipment in their workplace. He said the lives of Basotho were put on stake as
they had to refer critical patients to nearby hospitals. “These equipment will encourage us to do our best to safe and improve the lives of Basotho. We
promise to take good care of this equipment and use it wisely,” Polumo appreciated. QNTF OBE Deputy Chairperson Maude Boikanyo indicated that Covid-19 OBE Lesotho was established in order to
raise funds and none monetary donations that are necessary in the fight against the pandemic. “It was established to promote awareness campaigns about the
disease, that is, media campaigns on social distancing, handwashing, isolation, quarantine and treatment; identify cases in stages of screening, testing and
tracing as well as conducting surveillance studies; to protect those at high risk – especially health professionals and other front-line workers by offering Personal
Protective Equipment (PPE), sanitizers and other essential protective medical equipment – facemasks, gloves, gowns, goggles; to treat infected patients through
offering medication and oxygen and to support the vulnerable groups with food,” Boikanyo informed. He said they extend a helping to individual Basotho, organizations, institutions and associations that need the resources according to protocols set by relevant authorities in Lesotho.