By Smangela Phethoka – Comms Volunteer

The Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) through its Paramedics Unit contributed immensely during the commemoration of His Majesty King Letsie III’s 56th birthday by assisted people who feel ill at the event.

The annual celebration was this time around held in Sebapala, Quthing on July 17, 2019.

The LRCS was invited to offer its ambulance services at the occasion by the office of the District Administrator of Quthing.

The celebration began as early as 8 am with a mass service at the St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church (RCC).

The fact that the event started that early created numerous challenges, especially for people who left their homes without taking both their breakfast and medication.

A member of the LRCS Paramedics team Mr. Teboho Masenyetse says they assisted nine patients who were critically injured and referred some of them to the Quthing Government Hospital.

The patients included a police officer who fell off a horse during the police parade. Others comprised a 16-year old boy who fell unconscious due to fatigue and several older people who were either diabetic or had blood pressure problems.

Another paramedic volunteer, Ms. Thabo Sello was over the moon for merely participating in the King’s birthday celebration.

“I was the only lady who served in that team, it made me happy to see so many people showing appreciation to our work. There were other ambulances providing similar services but most people preferred to be assisted by our team,” she says.

“Ours is a relatively new unit, our ambulance is new and although most of the staff is inexperienced, its enthusiasm makes up for the lack of experience,” Ms Sello says.

But she adds: “The event has however, given us a lot of exposure because besides the experienced gained, people now know that we offer ambulance services which can come in handy in future.”