Maseru – The Minister of Finance has handed over 10 mobile clinics to the Ministry of Health for use in the provision of comprehensive HIV and Tuberculosis TB services.
The mobile clinics are estimated at over nine million Maloti, procured with support of the Global Fund under its TB and HIV grant as a response to government’s request for support to vulnerable groups.
During the handing over Honourable Tlohang Sekhamane said the equipment is envisaged to service various vulnerable groups, in particular factory workers, commercial sex workers and adolescent girls and young women.
He said the mobile clinics will assist Lesotho to make great progress in the fight against HIV and TB by ensuring access to health services at the doorstep of the factory worker, tertiary schools and in the community.
Honourable Sekhamane said government has put both HIV and TB as one of the top national priorities, but on its own cannot have sufficient resources to scale up interventions to reverse the challenges posed by the two diseases.
Receiving the equipment the Minister of Health Dr. ‘Molotsi Monyamane thanked the Global Fund for such a noble gesture, saying this is a long-term programme meant to change lives for Lesotho’s development in order to change its least developed country status.
Dr. Monyamane added that the programme forms part of the Sustainable Development Goals and the recent United Nations General Assembly’s agreement for which Lesotho was a part, and raised concern that about 43 percent of women are still left behind as the HIV infection rate is mostly prevalent among the 18 to 35 age group.
Six mobile clinics will be distributed between Maseru and Maputsoe to service the factory workers, one for commercial sex workers in Maputsoe, and one will go to the Ministry of Health headquarters for outreach services, while the remaining two will be used to provide comprehensive HIV and TB services to the Adolescents, Girls and Young Women Project.