On Friday the 17th of April 2015, Tebellong Hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary. The hospital is one of two operated by the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA).
The Prime Minister of Lesotho, the Right Honourable Pakalitha Mosisili, arrived early in the morning for a tour of the facilities which were recently greatly improved and refurbished by funding from the Millennium Challenge Account of the United States. The Prime Minister’s home is in the Qacha’s Nek District where the hospital is located. During his tour he was accompanied by the LECSA Moderator Rev. Tseliso Masemene and the LECSA Executive Secretary Rev. Khethang Posholi. Leading the tour was the Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr. Michel Luaba Kamangu.
Tebellong is situated in a remote mountainous area of southeastern Lesotho and to reach it you must cross the Senqu River by boat or, if the river level is low enough, by 4×4. During his remarks to the assembled crowd, the hospital board’s chair, Mr. Phomolo Mare, appealed for the construction of a bridge to improve accessibility for those working and living at Tebellong, as well as for patients needing services at the hospital. Later in the day, during his address, the Prime Minister delighted everyone by promising that a bridge would be constructed in the near future.
Other speakers included the Chief of Tebellong Makhaola Makhaola and Ms. Lebohang Mothae, Executive Secretary of the Christian Health Association of Lesotho (CHAL). The LECSA is a member of CHAL which is the organization through which government financial support of the church health institutions is channeled. CHAL also provides technical support and services to its member churches.
The celebrations were led by the Tsoelike Presbytery Moderator, Rev. Tsebiso Kutumela. The Acting Administrator of the hospital is Mr. Tsepo Mpholo. In recognition of the hospital’s fifty years of service to the community, they presented beautiful new Basotho blankets to five women who were among the first maternity patients served fifty years ago. Blankets were also presented to the Prime Minister, Rev. Masemene and Rev. Posholi.
Among the choral and dance performing groups providing entertainment were area high schools (Tebellong LECSA and Patlong LECSA) and primary schools (Tebellong LECSA and Tiisetsong of the African Methodist Episcopal Church).