ETL hands over Covid-19 test kits

ETL hands over Covid-19 test kits

MASERU-TELECOMMUNICATIONS giant, Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL), yesterday donated 3 000 Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits for Covid-19 to the Ministry of Health.

Econet Public Relations Manager Puleng Litabe said the test kits are used to detect the presence of the virus.
She said it takes 10 to 15 minutes to get results.
Litabe said Econet Telecom Lesotho did this to help curb the spread of the virus.

“We can be affected as a company as well and we saw it vital to assist so that we won’t lose neither our staff nor customers to the virus,” she said.
She added “losing them would mean we will be non-existent as well.”
The National Covid-19 Secretariat (Nacosec) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Thabo Khasipe, said the kits will be used for screening people at the country’s borders as there was a major challenge there.

He also said it will be used for surveillance as it is a cheap and fast means of testing.
He said following their usage, the PCR test will still be done at the lab for verification while the individual remains quarantined.
“We have been longing for this,” he said.

He said they were happy to receive the kits as they were not able to buy these themselves.
“We survive on donations,” he said.

He said Nacosec has and will continue to approach the private sector for assistance as there is a major challenge regarding the government money.
Econet CEO, Dennis Platjiies, said it was their duty to help the government in fighting the virus so as to curb its spread.

He reassured the Ministry of Health of his company’s continuous support in the fight against Covid-19.
“We will continue to support them,” he said.

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