Mohales’Hoek, April. 12 — The Minister of Health Mr. Selibe Mochoboroane has on Wednesday articulated that the process of sourcing experts to help re-structure the Ministry is at an advanced stage.
This, he noted when delivering his speech at Nts’ekhe Government hospital, following the Ministry’s ongoing initiative to ensure that primary health care services are immensely intensified across the country, so that the civilians can effortlessly access medical supplies.
Mr. Mochoboroane who initially had talks with the Ministry’s Management, articulated that three killer diseases which are currently spiralling out of control are TB, HIV/Aids and Cancer with its different types, namely, Cervical, Prostate and Breast Cancers, while most children in the district are malnourished.
He further indicated that the only way the country could win a fight against those diseases is to ensure that all health outreaches are fully equipped with tools which will enable them to run different tests in patients, instead of focusing on one particular disease.
Moreover, the Minister had a dialogue with community leaders like area Chiefs, Traditional healers, Councillors, business Community and trade unions, with the purpose of finding their views on how they could assist in ensuring that this initiative becomes a success.
The above mentioned groups all agreed that they would join hands by encouraging civilians to visit health centres at their respective Councils to have their health statuses thoroughly checked, as this would be beneficial to them and in the growth of the country’s economy.
Furthermore, Lesotho Workers’ Association (LEWA) chairman Mr. Hlalefang Seoaholimo noted that assisting the Ministry to fulfil its goal would be facile following the Minister’s announcement that village health workers would be getting their monthly salaries as employees of the Ministry, as opposed to the incentives they received after a long time.
Lesotho has one of the highest burdens of Tuberculosis (TB) in the world, hence a national TB prevalence survey was conducted in 2019 to estimate the prevalence of bacteriologically, confirmed pulmonary TB disease among children of around 15.