Africa-Press – Lesotho. MASERU – Standard Lesotho Bank has launched the rollout of 30 tippy tanks to facilitate the washing of hands at crowded areas in the country as part of its continued support for the country to fight COVID-19 pandemic scourge.
The launch and handover took place at a newly built taxi rank in Mokhotlong on August 19, graced by the attendance of the Deputy Minister of Water, Lepota Sekola and the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Likopo Mahase.
Regular washing of hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water remains one of the most important precaution recommended by health authorities to minimise the spread of COVID-19.
The Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) was sponsored with M217 000 to undertake the project as an implementing partner, other partners include Stanlib Lesotho with a contribution of M100 000 and Petroleum Fund, who financed the LRCS with fuel to the value of M30 000.
The Mokhotlong district is the largest beneficiary of this sponsorship, where a total of six tanks will be built at various places in the district. Other districts will get a minimum of three tippy tanks that will be built at crowded areas such as taxi ranks, chief’s compounds, schools and government offices that offer services to the public in large numbers.
On behalf of the bank, Acting Head of Marketing, Manyathela Kheleli, indicated that as a responsible corporate citizen, Standard Lesotho Bank was equally concerned with the spread of COVID-19 resulting in the commitment to partner with the government to manage the pandemic.
Kheleli also indicated that the bank has committed over M1.5 million in the 2020 financial year to COVID-19 19 related efforts. In June the bank handed over a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with ventilators to Maluti Adventist Hospital valued at M1.2 million.
“As a financial services provider, we fully understand the adage that says ‘Health is the best wealth,’ therefore, we remain committed to improving the health of our people so that they can fully function to generate wealth that can make the country grow, the end results of a healthy nation is that we benefit downstream as a bank,” he said.
Kheleli also highlighted that the sponsorship was also another way in which the bank expressed gratitude to Basotho for supporting Standard Lesotho Bank in the last 25 years.
On behalf of the government, Deputy Minister Sekola thanked the bank for the gesture, saying Standard Lesotho Bank has extended a hand to help government where it could not afford.
He also urged the beneficiaries of the project, especially taxi owners to support the bank by ensuring that they open accounts and transact with Standard Lesotho Bank as a token of appreciation and cooperation.
Following the launch of the tippy tanks in Mokhotlong, it is expected that the remaining districts will have fully installed tippy tank systems by the end of August.