Tippy taps to fight Covid-19

Tippy taps to fight Covid-19

MOKHOTLONG-CLEANLINESS is next to godliness.
While most people have always appreciated the need for cleanliness, the matter has now assumed greater significance in these days of Covid-19 pandemic.

Social distancing and the washing of hands have become a matter of life and death.
To ensure people stay safe, Standard Lesotho Bank is handing over 30 tippy taps in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19.
A tippy tap is a hands-free way to wash hands that has become a hit in rural areas where there is no running water.

The tap is operated by a foot lever and allows the user to wash their hands without touching the device.
Mokhotlong, which will get six tippy taps, is set to be the biggest beneficiary.
Other districts will get a minimum of three tippy taps that will be built at crowded areas such as taxi ranks, chief’s compounds, schools and government offices that offer services to the public in large numbers.

Despite boasting vast water reserves, thousands of Basotho still do not have access to clean water.
Many walk for kilometres to get water from unprotected wells in dongas or from rivers.

While the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that people must wash their hands frequently, that remains a luxury for the majority of Basotho.
Washing hands in crowded areas like taxi ranks in towns has been a serious problem as these areas do not have water taps.

Vendors often have to buy water or bring buckets of water from home.
For people in Mokhotlong the struggle to wash hands in taxi ranks will soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the donation by Standard Lesotho Bank.
The newly built taxi rank now has hand-washing facilities.

On behalf of the bank, the Acting Head of Marketing, Manyathela Kheleli, said as a responsible corporate citizen, Standard Lesotho Bank is equally concerned with the spread of Covid-19 in the country and as such the bank has committed itself to partner with the government to halt the spread of the pandemic.

Kheleli also indicated that the bank has committed over M1.5 million in the 2020 financial year to Covid-19 related initiatives.
He said in June the bank handed over a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with ventilators to the Maluti Adventist Hospital valued at M1.2 million.

“As a financial services provider, we fully understand the adage that says ‘health is the best wealth,’ therefore, we remain committed to improving the health of our people so that they can fully function to generate wealth that can make the country grow,” Kheleli said.
“The end result of a healthy nation is that we benefit downstream as a bank.”

Kheleli said the sponsorship is also another way of how the bank expresses its gratitude to Basotho for supporting Standard Lesotho Bank in the last 25 years.
The Deputy Minister of Water, Lepota Sekola, thanked the bank for the gesture, saying Standard Lesotho Bank has extended a hand to help the government where it could not afford.

He also urged the beneficiaries of the project, especially taxi owners, to support the bank by ensuring that they open accounts and transact with Standard Lesotho Bank as a token of appreciation and cooperation.
The implementing partners of this initiative include the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS), who pumped M217 000 towards the project.

Other partners in this initiative include Stanlib Lesotho which contributed M100 000 and the Petroleum Fund, who financed the LRCS with fuel to the value of M30 000.

Lemohang Rakotsoane

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