Newly launched Technical Team at Manthaiseng National Command Centre has formulated an integrated plan that will assist in coordinating efforts geared towards creating awareness preventive and management of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Prime Minister, Dr Motsoahae Thabane on Wednesday, declared COVID-19 as National Emergency.

The formulated plan is intended to prevent duplication of efforts and avoid working in silos by different sectors. These sectors are engaged in developing roles and responsibilities, which will be synchronized to formulate a Matrix document to be followed.

The Disaster Management Authority and Ministry of Health have consolidated a draft budget, which is yet to be presented before Cabinet for approval and the budget will encompass activities and logistics to be undertaken before, during and post crisis.

As part of a follow up on a call by the Prime Minister’s statement, at 12 noon on Thursday a moment of prayer was observed at the National Command Centre.

On Wednesday Development Partners were briefed on the state of COVID-19 at the Command Centre.

Meanwhile, The Ministry of Labour and Employment held a one-day “Getting The Workplace Ready for Covid-19” workshop with the objective of equipping Human Resource Officers and Safety Officers from different factories.

The technical team therefore invites all government ministries, private sector, non-governmental organizations and civil society to participate in the proceedings taking place at the centre.

The Ministry of Health reassures the public that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The public is advised to be vigilant and maintain safety protocol to minimize spread of the virus. The safety protocol include; washing hands frequently with soap and running water or using alcohol-based sanitizers, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, observe coughing and sneezing protocol thus covering eyes, mouth and nose with bent elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing (then dispose of the used tissue immediately), refrain from touching and shaking of hands and follow quarantine measures.

Source: LENA 19/03/2020

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