By Sma Phethoka

At least one thousand four-hundred and fifty-seven (1457) tippy taps have been constructed in ten districts to promote the Wash Your Hands Campaign of the World Health Organization (WHO) with the aim of combating COVID 19.

According to one of the Divisional Secretaries Mr. Motautona Thabo of Qacha’sNek; “These tippy taps were built under the COVID 19 campaign “wash your hands after every twenty minutes with running water and soap”.

Lesotho Red Cross Society decided that since water is scarcely available in some areas, tippy taps are the best and easiest way to washing hands as well as preserving water.

Divisional Secretaries and volunteers are working hard to create awareness about COVID 19 throughout the country by teaching different communities how to construct a tippy tap, proper hand washing technique, proper way to cough or sneezing, who is supposed to use Personal Protective Equipment and how .

The Society’s Divisions have built tippy taps in public places like chiefs’ places, District Administrators offices (DA), churches, clinics, police stations, hospitals, taxi ranks, radio stations, supermarkets, Banks, Disaster Management Authority offices, Districts Command Centers as well as old aged houses.

On the other hand, the Society’s volunteers have been assisting shops, supermarkets and other public places with Social Distancing. “The volunteers made sure that customers were one meter apart to avoid the infection of the virus in the future”, one business owner said. He added that having people organized like that had helped in avoiding congestion and theft in the shop.

Another challenge that is threatening the spread of the virus in the future in Lesotho, cases of which at the moment has 44 (as at July 2nd , 2020) seventeen confirmed COVID-19, is the illegal crossing of Basotho from South Africa to Lesotho through porous borders. It is important to note that South African which is surrounding Lesotho has 111 796+ confirmed cases of the Virus hence Lesotho vulnerability to COVID19 increases as cases increase in South Africa.

“when these people cross illegally due to lack of proper documentation, if not screened they are likely to bring the virus in the country, Mme Lieketseng Masunyane, Divisional Secretary of Quthing Red Cross Division stated.

Red Cross volunteers are placed at the nearby illegal boarder gates to keep an eye and to screen the people who cross.

After screening these people, the volunteers take their information of where they come from, where they stay and their relatives so that they can be followed up after 14 days incubation period.

Some of the porous borders can be found at Deli-Deli, and Xidondo in Quthing, Koakoatsi, Sanqebethu, Moremoholo, Langale-Balele, Tlhanyaku, Masoba-Soba, Senqu Pass, Khang-Kholo, Sani Pass, Matlaong, and Mohlesi in Mokhotlong. About 69 people have entered through these boarders in Mokhotlong.

Headquarters and Divisions are part of the National Emergency Command Centre and District Command Centres.

Moreover, COVID-19 messages from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have been translated into Sesotho.