Maseru, November 4 – Lesotho’s Queen Elizabeth II hospital management is planning for provision of quality health services.
The commitment was unveiled to newsline365.wordpress.com in an impromptu interview with the hospital Superintendent Dr Likenkeng Lucia Mapota today just a day after opening its doors to the new patients.
“We’re ready and covered as from yesterday to give patients good health services. We will still improve as we go on,” urged Dr Mapota.
By end of yesterday, the hospital, which is now to operate as the Maseru District Hospital, attended 300 outpatients after many years of closure.
Although some of the staff members were transferred to Ts’epong Hospital, just out skirts of the city of Maseru and other health clinics countrywide, they are being recalled to work at Queen Elizabeth II as part of human resource build-up.
“We will increase staff intake in line with an increase in service delivery,” she said, noting that structural renovations have to be made in some service departments as part of implementing the report of the ministry of health on the hospital renovation.
Required refurbishing works include plumbing, roofing and painting although major outstanding structures will still be retained.
“What is more important is the quality of service while we also consider good conditions as contributory to our efforts,” she remarked.
However, patients requiring specialised services such as Intensive Care, surgery and pro-longed admissions will be referred to Ts’epong Hospital.
Queen II is to offer outpatients services ranging from casualty treatments to emergencies, HIV/Aids-related diseases, mother and child care, occupational health and eye care services.
The hospital was officially reopened by Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane on October 31 following its closure when Queen Mamohato Seeiso was opened in Maseru some few years back.