By Neo Mathibe
The United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the ministry of health and the Maseru City Council distributed hand washing stations in taxi ranks on Thursday, as a way of responding to corona virus pandemic.
These stations are placed in highly populated and high-risk areas like bus stops, market places and health centers across the country.
“We all know that the United Nations is committed to supporting all countries and communities in fighting the surge of the Covid-19 pandemic” United Nations Resident Coordinator, Salvator Niyonzima while handing over the stations to Maseru City Council.
UNDP resident representative, Betty Wabunoha, said water stations are a product of the UNDP’s innovation programme called The Lesotho Accelerator Lab. The purpose of the programme is to identify, explore and experiment local solutions addressing existing and emerging development challenges.
“After careful consideration of existing and potential drivers of Covid-19, I have realized that public spaces such as bus stops, market centres and health facilities play a major risk roll in the spread of the pandemic because they host heavy traffic in persons and business exchanges.” Wabunoha said.
At the same occasion, health minister Motlatsi Maqelepo, said today cleanliness plays a vital role in people’s health as one can die from Covid-1 9because of lack of proper hygiene.