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U.S. donates oxygen concentrators to local hospital

The US deputy ambassador to Lesotho Clinton Brown and the Director of Clinical Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr Lucy Mapota-Masoabi

April 19, 2021 2 min read

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THE embassy of United States of America (USA) in Lesotho has donated four oxygen concentrators to the Berea Government Hospital in a bid to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The equipment, which was part of the consignment of 36 oxygen concentrators that have already been distributed across 19 health facilities in the country, was handed over to the Berea hospital on April 16.

 Handing over the oxygen concentrators, the US ambassador to Lesotho, Clinton “Tad” Brown said the donation underscores the underlying reality that the pandemic is still a serious health challenge, adding that all must remain vigilant in their efforts to counter the devastating pandemic.

“Each of us still has an important role to play from frontline healthcare workers across facilities to ordinary Basotho and we cannot afford to be complacent, especially with warnings of a possible third wave by international health experts,” he said.

The donation was made possible through a generous support by the American people as part of the global response to combat the COVID-19.

The donation was further said to demonstrate the US government’s broader efforts to support the health and well-being of the Basotho, specifically to strengthen Lesotho’s ability to fight the COVID-19.

Mr Brown further showed that it also builds the strong relationship that has spanned for over half a century.

On behalf of the Lesotho government, the Director of Clinical Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr Lucy Mapota-Masoabi thanked the US government for its unwavering support as the global community battles the deadly disease.

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She said: “This donation comes at the right time because we lost patients due to lack of equipment and we pray that a third wave does not hit our country, but we must be prepared.”

The equipment, she said is vitally needed to respond to the effects of the disease, adding that not only for COVID-19 but also for the general health system.

The American people have been steadfast partners to the people of Lesotho and remain committed to the partnership, especially during these challenging times.  

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