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Local institutions fight Coronavirus

Limpho Sello

QUEEN Mamohato Memorial Hospital (QMMH), Avani Hotels and Resorts and the Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) have come up with a raft of measures aimed at containing the Coronavirus (now known as the COVID-19) which has killed thousands of people around the world.

QMMH, also known as Tšepong, is the country’s only referral hospital.

QMMH’s Public Relations Officer, Mothepane Thahane, said on Tuesday the hospital began started screening all visitors in a bid to ensure that they were free from the virus.

Ms Thahane said people are interviewed and screened before being allowed to enter the hospital wards. She appealed to the public to embrace the new measures, saying they were are aimed at protecting Basotho from the COVID-19 outbreak and not to stopping Basotho from interacting with their relatives who were receiving treatment at the hospital.

Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Lesotho-run Lehakoe Recreation and Cultural Centre has temporarily closed its gymnasium as a precautionary measure to mitigate the spread of the virus.

In a statement, Ephraim Moremoholo of the Central Bank’s Corporate Communication Office said, “Members of the public are kindly advised that the Lehakoe Recreation and Cultural Centre of the Central Bank of Lesotho has been temporarily closed as a precautionary measure to mitigate the risk of exposure to the Corona Virus which is reported to be spreading in the neighbouring South Africa.

“This decision was made in the interest of the public’s good health, safety and personal well-being”.

Yesterday, Mr Moremoholo told the Sunday Express that the club will remain closed until it was clear that the threat of the spread of the virus was over.

On Friday, Avani Hotels’ Dillip Rajakarier said they were working flat out to ensure that guests at their hospitality establishments would remain safe from the deadly virus.

“In the current climate of uncertainty surrounding travel, I want to take the time to write to you on behalf of everyone at Avani to reassure you that our guests and team members’ wellbeing and safety is our utmost priority, now and always.

“Avani continues to work with local health authorities while strictly adhering to advice from both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our greatest priority is that our guests and team members feel safe and secure at our hotels,” Mr Rajakarier said.

On Friday the General Manager of the Avani Hotels in Lesotho, Willem Van Heerden, said all the Avani Hotels in Lesotho were working with the Ministry of Health to protect clients from the virus.






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