The known National Emergency Command Centre (NECC) has been renamed and now called National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC).
The Prime Minister, Dr Moeketsi Majoro disclosed this when addressing the nation on Lesotho Television (LTV) on Saturday evening where he expressed his worry over escalating confirmed coronavirus infections in the country, saying this numbers also include doctors and nurses.
He disclosed that as of end of business on Friday, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 had risen to 79 thus of the total 4, 454 conducted tests, noting that this shows that transmission is amongst Basotho unlike earlier when the believe was infections were imported.
He therefore remarked that this situation calls for a change of behavior, norms and way of doing things, singling out need for Basotho to change behavior and traditional ways of conducting funerals. He commented that despite the Public Health (COVID-19) Regulations of 2020 demand that the number of people attending funerals should not exceed 50, Basotho still attend funeral in large numbers.
Dr Majoro therefore urged everyone including chiefs and church leaders to change the traditional way of conducting funerals hence observe and promote obedience of these regulations as social distancing is vital in preventing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister thanked health professional for holding on and performing their duties even during this challenging time and despite shortage of resources, hence pledged the government’s commitment to strengthen the health facilities in the country as well as to ensure safety and protection of health professionals.
He therefore mentioned that in response to their concerns, which include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and risk allowances, the government and NACOSEC will work together in ensuring purchase of appropriate beds for ICU patients, provision of risk allowances and PPE for health professionals.
Dr Majoro noted that to speed up service delivery and achieve these goals, the Ministry of Finance will finance NACOSEC as an independent and implementing entity, saying the purpose is to flatten the COVID-19 curve.
To further toughen war against the pandemic, Cabinet Minister will for four days, starting on Monday be deployed in different districts of the country to meet chiefs, District Administrators, community councilors in finding ways and sharing ideas on how best the country can combat this pandemic.
Dr Majoro also thanked all Basotho for the support in the fight against coronavirus, singling out the Standard Lesotho Bank which he said donated two beds to Mapoteng Hospital.
In conclusion, the Prime Minister called on all Basotho as individual and their different groups to join hands in beating COVID-19, saying their responsibility as individuals and as a nation is to abide by the regulations thus observing the use of masks, social distancing and observing the World Health Organisation protocols while government responsibility is to provide support, education and resources.
To date, Lesotho has conducted more 4,000 tests, with 79 confirmed coronavirus cases, 11 recoveries and still no deaths.