M130.3 million war-chest to fight Covid-19

M130.3 million war-chest to fight Covid-19

MASERU-THE World Bank Group has approved over a M130.3 million credit facility from the International Development Association (IDA) to support Lesotho’s efforts to fight Covid-19.

In a statement yesterday, the bank said the money is meant to help Lesotho “prevent, detect and respond to the global Covid-19 pandemic under a new project, the Lesotho Covid-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response project”.

The project will support Lesotho’s efforts to mitigate the threat posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and provide immediate support to containment and treatment strategies.

It will support the Lesotho National Integrated Response Plan to the Covid-19 pandemic by financing critical interventions such as epidemiological investigations for contract tracing, screening travellers at ports of entry, expanding infection prevention and control at health facilities. 

The project will also fund surge response capacity, equipping frontline health workers with personal protective equipment, as well as goods and equipment to strengthen Lesotho’s efforts to test for Covid-19.
“Working together with other development partners, the World Bank Group is committed to moving quickly to assist the government in its Covid-19 response to save lives and protect the livelihoods of the people of Lesotho, particularly the most vulnerable in society,” the World Bank Country Director for Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, Namibia and South Africa, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, said.

The emergency project will help establish and enhance isolation and treatment capacity for patients, and provision of psychosocial support, and support the implementation of personal hygiene promotion, hand washing and sanitation practices, as well as production and dissemination of risk communication materials to engage communities.

Lemohang Rakotsoane

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