Two nabbed for stealing Covid-19 donations

Two nabbed for stealing Covid-19 donations

MASERU-TWO officials of the Ministry of Health have been arrested for allegedly stealing Covid-19 protective equipment donated by Chinese mogul Jack Ma.
Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli told thepost that the suspects are a woman who works as a cleaner at the National Laboratories and a man who is a driver there.

“Yes, it is true that the police are investigating a case,” Superintendent Mopeli said.
“They were arrested in connection with the stealing of that equipment,” he said.

This comes after Health Minister Nkaku Kabi told a radio station that part of the Jack Ma Foundation’s first batch of donated Covid-19 protected equipment had disappeared.
Kabi said he reported the matter to the police.
There is a high demand for protective clothing because of the Covid-19 crisis.

Many shops have run out of face masks, surgical gloves and sanitisers whose prices have soared in recent weeks.
Jack Ma Foundation together with Alibaba Foundation donated 20 089 test kits, 741 personal protection equipment (PPE), 100 000 surgical masks and 1 111 face shields late last month.

The equipment was due for distribution throughout the country but some institutions, including hospitals, said they had not received it.
That was what prompted Kabi to go out to find what had happened.
Also the local private sector supported the government’s initiative during this difficult time.

The Matekane Group of Companies, Global Fund and Econet Lesotho have donated sanitizers, face masks and gloves.
The government said it would distribute them to border posts, Lesotho Correctional Services (LCS), Lesotho Mounted Police (LMPS), Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) and hospitals.

It said it was expecting more support from other businesses.
The second batch of medical materials donated by Jack Ma Foundation arrived last Thursday.
A statement from the National Emergency Command Centre said the donation included 2 000 N95 masks, 10 000 surgical masks, 2 000 medical protective gowns, 500 thermometers, 2 000 medical goggles, 10 000 disposable medical gloves and 10 000 medical shoe covers.
Kabi handed the second batch of the donation to the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) for safe-keeping.

Staff Reporter

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