The National Covid-19 Secretariat received 100 cell-phones from Lesotho Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) through their COVID-19 Solidarity Fund on Monday, 3 August 2020. These cell phones will be distributed in the five district’s boarder surveillance points. These districts are Mohale’s Hoek, Quthing, Qacha’s Nek, Mokhotlong and Butha-Buthe.
The phones will be used by front-liners in these districts for ease of communication in tracing, tracking and reporting cases of illegal crossing among others. LCCI did this in a bid to continue rendering support to the national team on the forefront in the COVID-19 fight.
The phones, donated to LCCI by Econet Telecom Lesotho come loaded with three months’ worth of airtime and a registered number with name and address of the user. Many front-liners in the targeted areas are challenged with communicating covid-19 responses timely and this donation aims to address this glitch.
Handing over the devices to NACOSEC, the LCCI COVID-19 Solidarity Fund member, Mr. Thuso Green said that what pleases him is that the donation presented is aligned to the Secretariats strategic objectives and they will continue to move in the direction NACOSEC has paved as the national response office.
“Our donations from now on going forward will be facilitated through NACOSEC because they have a clearer direction on how to strategically fight covid-19” Mr. Ntaote Seboka LCCI president said.
Speaking on behalf of NACOSEC, Private Sector Coordination office, Mr. Paseka Ramokoatsi said the secretariat has strategic actions in place to coordinate all stakeholders and partners in the fight against COVID-19.“We need to coordinate all efforts in order to win in this fight and private sector involvement in this regard is highly appreciated” Mr. Ramokoatsi said.
Mr. Thabo Ntoi, NACOSEC Chief of Staff accepted the donation saying the cell-phones will assist mostly the frontline workers, “these are the people who fight nail and tooth every day. They are our gun bearers fighting endlessly against COVID-19, therefore, they need the greatest support”.
Mr. Ntoi promised that these donations will go where they are intended to.