Construction of new hospital kicks off

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By Neo Kolane

The Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro, yesterday, officiated the sod turning ceremony to mark construction of the new Maseru District Hospital.

Bankrolled through a loan of M800 million by the Chinese government, construction of the Maseru District Hospital will commence from today and will take 30 months while creating jobs for 100 Basotho in the process.

The facility intends to provide improved health services to Maseru residents and others, and in particular services including eye care, cancer, TB, HIV, and non-communicable diseases including via telemedicine platforms.

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The hospital will also have training facilities and dormitories for trainee doctors and nurses, and will feature some of the state-of-the-art medical equipment.

Speaking at the event, Majoro said that over the last months, they have witnessed many instances of material support by the People’s Republic of China to Lesotho, including on PPE, food assistance, infrastructure including roads and energy projects and today’s support to the health sector.

“The bonds of friendship and cooperation have continued to strengthen and should be based on demonstrable mutual support for each other,” Majoro stated.