The National Covid-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) handed over 100 cell-phones that were donated by the Lesotho Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) to five District Administers (DA) on Friday, 07 August 2020.
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 Butha-Buthe District Administrator, Mr. Lehlohonolo Qashu, speaking on behalf of district administrators, gave thanks to LCCI for providing them with tools that will enable them to help curb the spread of the virus.
“It is not that we are any better than other districts but we are the most burdened districts when it comes to illegal crossing and vulnerability to imported case” Mr. Qashu said.
He said all they asked for prior to this was airtime to make their work easier with other local government stakeholders but LCCI has given them more than what they had asked for, “for this we will respond speedily to all calls we will receive from boarder surveillance teams when they report illegal crossing into Lesotho and covid-19 suspects who are stuck in the villages”.
Mr. Thabo Khasipe, Executive Secretary of NACOSEC demonstrated happiness at the support the private sector continues to render to the government and the secretariat during this pandemic. Mr. Khasipe said he was especially happy to witness the second phase of the handover happening in a short space of time to when the donations were received by the secretariat.
“LCCI has shown leadership by supporting NACOSEC in fighting the spread of COVID-19. I wish for more businesses to follow suit in supporting the initiative to flatten the curve of infection and raise the line of health care facilities” Mr Khasipe said.
He added that it would be impossible to win the battle without the help of private sector because, “we need everyone to take up their weapons and help where they can. We have met with local government to collaborate and improve public engagement during this pandemic and this gift is a great support to mobilising our strategy and goals” Mr. Khasipe said.
He said that NACOSEC is just a supporting structure to what districts are doing in their respective jurisdiction when it comes to fighting corona virus, “the donation offered today is so to help them (DA’s) to fight COVID-19”.
Mr. Khasipe said the country has to work hard to prevent imported infections, “if we do not monitor illegal crossings and imported cases we will be opening a tap to fill a tab without a plug. We will not be able to contain the water we desire to collect”.
Mr. Khasipe called upon all businesses to assist in fighting the pandemic.