The Scott Hospital Improvement Project (SHIP) was officially launched by His Majesty King Letsie III on Thursday the 4th of May 2016 at Scott Hospital. Scott is an institution of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) and was founded nearly 80 years ago with major funding from Mr. William Scott. The hospital’s administrator is Mr. Matela Maxwell Thamae.
The project was conceived nearly three years ago during events commemorating the 50th birthday of His Majesty who was born at Scott Hospital on the 17th of July 1963. His Majesty has long had a dream for the facilities at Scott to be renovated and enhanced. At the end of 2013 he launched a renovation fund and over time this has evolved into SHIP.
Besides renovation work, SHIP hopes to build a new children’s hospital. Lesotho currently does not have such a designated facility and it is hoped that Scott will become the nation’s premier facility for paediatric health care. Other phases of SHIP include constructing a new maternity wing and major renovation work and upgrading of both Scott Hospital and the Scott Hospital School of Nursing.
The scope of SHIP is large and estimated to cost at least $10 million. Work will be carried out in phases as funding is secured. Major funding is being sought from the Lesotho government, business community and international partners.
The first step of SHIP is renovation of the Labour Ward, currently underway, which is being funded by a generous donation of $75,000 from the Republic of Turkey.
During his remarks, His Majesty expressed appreciation to the corporate sponsors, the Republic of Turkey and the LECSA.
Other speakers included the Honourable Minister of Health Dr. Molotsi Monyamane. Among those representing LECSA were the Moderator Rev. Tšeliso Simeon Masemene, the Executive Secretary Rev. Nelson Khethang Posholi and the Administrator Rev. Peter Koona Tefo.