Lesotho Times

New hospital to open soon

MASERU — Lesotho’s new M1.2 billion referral hospital will open its doors on October 1, the principal secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, ‘Malerato Khoeli, told a press conference on Tuesday.
Khoeli said Tšepong Hospital will start working once Queen Elizabeth II Hospital closes down on September 31.
“The new hospital will be a referral centre. That means patients will not decide on their own to go for consultations at the hospital but they will be referred there by doctors only when it is necessary,” she said.
She added that all services will be provided at Mabote, Qoaling, Likotse and Domiciliary Filter Clinics.
The Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) and Loreto clinics would also be used by the public.
“The LDF and Loreto will be refurbished to meet the standards of the other filter clinics. All the centres will have doctors and other health practitioners,” Khoeli said.
Fees would remain low at the new hospital because the government was subsidising them in an effort to increase the public’s access to health services.
“People seem to be intimidated by the luxury that goes with the hospital. They think charges will be higher. That is not so. Charges will remain same,” Khoeli said.
Consultation fees are M15 for adults and M7.50 for children.
However, charges would be high for people who request special treatment.
Khoeli added, “Tšepong Hospital has a private wing where people who want extra care will be accommodated. Fees are not subsidised for such requirements.
Meanwhile the principal secretary appealed to people whose relatives have died to come and collect their bodies from government mortuaries.
“People have a tendency to keep their deceased ones at government mortuaries.
These facilities are not meant to keep bodies for long but for a short time while relatives prepare to take them to private morgues,” she said.
“Some people end up disowning their dead relatives. We appeal to people who still have their dead relatives at the Queen II to collect their bodies before
the hospital closes down at end of September.
“Queen II is more than 100 years and the buildings are worn out. It cannot be repaired because it has lived beyond its lifespan,” Khoeli said.

Lesotho Times

Lesotho's widely read newspaper, published every Thursday and distributed throughout the country and in some parts of South Africa.

Contact us today: News: editor@lestimes.co.ls Advertising: marketing@lestimes.co.ls Telephone: +266 2231 5356

Lesotho on Instagram

  • The road to Sani Pass entrance to Lesotho sanipass lesotho
    8 hours ago
  • African street market     gopro southafrica travel
    7 hours ago
  • Sani Pass View from the highest pub in Africa sanipass
    8 hours ago
  • Sometimes waking up at 4am is worth it! Sani Pass
    8 hours ago
  • In rural areas men sit by the cattle kraals to
    8 hours ago
  • Adventure is callinglatergram lesotho solotravel
    8 hours ago
  • mosi bnw smoke qoaling lesotho monochrome noir maseru smokegetsinyoureyes
    5 hours ago
  • Congratulations on your withdrawal Are you interested in Binary Option
    5 hours ago
  • Same picture as before for the annual pilgrimage south This
    7 hours ago
  • Views from the highest pub in Africa
    8 hours ago

Tweet your Feedback

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular