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His Majesty King Letsie III disclosed the name of the newly build state-of-art referral hospital as Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital.

His Majesty revealed the new name at the event to officially inaugurate the new hospital situated at Lepereng in Maseru on Friday.

 The hospital has been named after the late Queen 'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso. It has advanced labour wards, ICU, nursery theaters, electronic filling systems, cameras, power supply and many more.

It accommodates 425 patients and has about 700 employees.

When officially inaugurating the hospital, His Majesty said the hospital which opened its doors to patients on October 01, 2011 is a milestone in the development of the entire health sector.

He expressed his appreciation of the name given to the hospital, appealing to citizens to love and respect the hospital.

He commended the Government of Lesotho for fulfilling its promise of building the hospital for Basotho.

His Majesty therefore applauded the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) for the development of the attractive Queen 'Mamahato Memorial hospital.

He further commended the funding partners for the conceptualization and implementation of the project, applauding them for exercising their skills and expertise for the development of the hospital.

His Majesty King Letsie III therefore appealed to workers of the hospital to exercise their skills, have mercy while attending patients as well as to provide quality services with passion.

Sharing His Majesty’s sentiments, the Prime Minister, Dr Pakalitha Mosisili said the hospital was build for Basotho hence why it is named after the late Queen 'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso.

He said he is proud that the ultra modern hospital was build during their time, saying it is like a dream come true.

Dr Mosisili said despite the uniqueness of the hospital, Basotho expect good services, appealing to the management of Netcare and T'sepong to visit other health institutions countrywide to lend a hand in promoting quality health services.

He commended both the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare and of Finance and Development Planning for their good work.

“You have made us proud,” he remarked.

The Prime Minister also thanked all partners who contributed in the development of the hospital, noting that development of the hospital was the beginning of good partnership.

Also speaking, the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr Mphu Ramatlapeng said the dream of building the new hospital could not have materialised if it was not because of the Lesotho Government through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, World Bank Group, Netcare, Tsepong, Development Bank of Southern Africa and other financial partners.

She pledged her ministry’s commitment to ensure provision of quality services to citizens, saying that it is the responsibility of the ministry to improve all the ongoing developments of the hospital.

Ts'epong and Netcare Hospital Director, Dr Victor Litlhakanyane said she is proud of the new hospital since she has been leading the project from its beginning.

She commended Netcare and local partners for their full participation during the development of the hospital, emphasising that the hospital was build in time and within budget.

Dr Litlhakanyane said Ts'epong stakeholders will take the responsibility in ensuring that the hospital is handled with care.

As part of the celebration, His Majesty, the Prime Minister, other dignitaries and Senior Government Officials toured the hospital while the Maseru Vocal Waves Choral and the Ministry of Health choir graced the event with songs and performance of traditional music and dances.

Present at the event included representatives of Department of Health from Mozambique and Republic of South Africa; Netcare Chief Executive Officer, The World Bank Director Human Development in African Region, Cabinet Ministers, Senior Government officials as well as the general public.

Source: LENA 21/10/2011

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