Maseru – A sod turning ceremony of the China-aided Maseru district hospital and eye clinic project in took place today at the site of the former Queen Elizabeth II hospital in the centre of Maseru City.
The old run down premises of Queen II hospital were taken down to ground zero about a year ago.
Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro said realising there was need for a hospital in Maseru, the government of Lesotho approached the government of China for assistance and it obliged. Majoro expressed delight that the long-awaited construction will soon start.
“To ambassador Kezhong Lei, the Chinnese Ambassador to Lesotho, I would like to thank the Government of the People’s Republic of China for the substantial grant which testifies to the strengthening of our bilateral co-operation and friendship,” he said.
The new hospital, which is set to cost M800 million, will be a modern facility that provides improved health services to Maseru residents and others. One of the major services that will be provided at the hospital include eye care, treatment of cancers, TB, HIV and other non-communicable diseases.