Former Health Minister Mphu Ramatlapeng has deplored the poor conditions at the Berea isolation hospital for Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Dr Ramatlapeng this week told the Lesotho Times that the facility lacked adequate equipment and facilities to help patients beat the deadly virus.

She said saw first-hand the poor state of the facility when she visited her sister, Dr Thabelo Ramatlapeng, who has been admitted since Saturday after testing positive for Covid-19.

Dr Thabelo, also known as Malimpho Moleleki, is married to opposition Alliance of Democrats (AD) leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki.

Mr Moleleki has also tested positive and he was admitted at the Berea facility yesterday. (See story above).

Earlier in the week, Dr Ramatlapeng told this publication that she had learnt of the poor conditions at the isolation hospital from Ms Moleleki who complained of the extreme cold and lack of hot water for bathing. Ms Moleleki is said to have complained that the sub-standard facilities had made her stay unbearable.

Ms Moleleki is a medical doctor by profession. She is employed at the Health ministry as the director of primary health care.

Incidentally, several Covid-19 positive nurses raised similar complaints about the poor conditions at the facility to the Sunday Express over the weekend.

Commenting on the state of facility, Dr Ramatlapeng said “I had to take an electric kettle, an electric blanket, a bathing basin and heaters to Berea hospital because the conditions there are very poor”.