China to build state-of-the-art hospital in Maseru

China to build state-of-the-art hospital in Maseru

MASERU – CHINA has agreed to provide a grant for Lesotho to build a district hospital and an eye clinic in Maseru.
Development Planning Minister, Tlohelang Aumane, and Chinese Ambassador, Sun Xianghua, signed the deal yesterday.
The district hospital that will replace Queen Elizabeth II Hospital will cost M400 million. The grant was negotiated in 2005 but was only sealed last December.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Sun described the hospital as the biggest project China has funded in Lesotho.
“This therefore cherishes the history of China and Lesotho’s pleasant cooperation,” Sun said.
“Also, the Maseru District Hospital as a specialised hospital will provide quality health services to Basotho and many Basotho will not have to go to foreign countries for medical treatment.”

He said the Maseru District Hospital will also have training facilities and dormitories for trainee doctors and nurses.
“Once built, the hospital will also become an important training base for Basotho doctors and nurses.”
“I am confident that when the hospital is completed with a floor area of 2 1330 square metres and equipped with relevant medical equipment it will bring tangible benefits to thousands of Basotho every year.”

“The great importance that China attaches to developing its relations with Lesotho also shows the determination and resolve of China in constructing a community of shared future for mankind, which features lasting peace, common prosperity and universal security among others,” Sun added.
Aumane said the project ranks high in the list of priority of projects submitted to China under the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) support.

He said the agreement shows that the government is serious about health issues. Aumane said there was strong cooperation between Lesotho and China. “China has supported Lesotho in the implementation of various projects including the new parliament building, mushroom production, China-Lesotho Friendship School on the Berea Plateau and many other projects to be embarked on such as Maseru Fire Station Project, construction of Lesotho Agriculture Products Warehouse and Logistics,” Aumane said.

He said they believe that the construction of the district hospital will help reduce the high costs of taking a patients to the referral hospital.
“The savings accrued from there will be used to finance other activities as only complicated cases will be transferred to the national referral hospital.”
“Although China and Lesotho are separated by vast mountains and seas, the two countries’ cooperation and exchanges have been growing rapidly.”

Tokase Mphutlane

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