A team of experts which comprised the Ministry of Health Director General, Dr. Nyane Letsie, Epidemiologist, Dr. Ts’episo Lekhela together with the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative Dr Richard Banda led by the Hon Minister, Nkaku Kabi, clarified the issues brought about by the announcement of the first confirmed case of COVID-19.
They clarified the following:
- On May 13, 2020 Lesotho recorded its first case and it is already registered under WHO charts
- There were five students from Saudi Arabia, instead of the 30 that was stipulated
- The patient is under isolation for monitoring purposes
- The patient had no COVID-19 symptoms except dry coughing which emerged recently and is still well
- The patient’s gender and information cannot be disclosed due to patients confidentiality protocol
- The nation is urged to be more careful now and home quarantine is key in fighting the disease and all are advised to stop unnecessary movement
- COVID-19 is projected to exist for the next two years
- WHO promises to continue to offer support to Lesotho with technological expertise and any other necessary assistance unconditionally.
NECC informs Basotho that the first confirmed COVID-19 patient in the country is clinically stable. At a later stage, the nation will be enlightened about the outcome of the results for the patient’s family who are on quarantine while the patient is on isolation.
This comes after Lesotho reported its first imported COVID-19 case on May 13, 2020 relating to a Mosotho who was from Saudi Arabia together with four others who tested negative.
The latest statement by the Ministry of Health on COVID-19 has shown that results for 283 samples, from the 301 that were pending, have been obtained and are all negative. The Ministry of Health will continue to carry out vigilant screening procedures at ports of entries, villages and health facilities as well as monitoring those who are on self-quarantine.
NECC strongly calls the entire nation to ensure compliance with WHO standards meant to curb the disease such as washing hands with soap regularly, maintaining social distancing and wearing protective clothing such as masks.