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Corona virus and healthcare in Lesotho

Healthcare in Lesotho

Healthcare in Lesotho is slightly below average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Lesotho is 51.2 years for men and 57.6 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 18.4 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.0 years).

In total, the sum of 124.79 USD is spent per year and inhabitant. This corresponds to approximately 9.3% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,111.08 USD (~ 9.9% of the respective GDP).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Lesotho

By August 30th, 2021, 14395 infected persons and 403 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in May 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear.

The total of 14,395 infected people represent 0.67% of the country's total population.


The first graph shows the number of reported infections per calendar week. The second graph below the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Lesotho results in a mortality rate of 2.8%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers weekly. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Current development

Calendar weekInfectedDeaths
34/2021133
33/20211393
32/20214007
31/202124013
30/202172314
29/202148224
28/20214954
27/20213356
26/20213290
25/20211320

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height167 cm156 cm
BMI22.727.1
Weight63.5 kg66.3 kg

Diseases

LesothoØ worldwide
Diabetes *4.50%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.65%0.13%
HIV / Aids1.14%0.04%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.


Child vaccinations

LesothoØ worldwide
Measles90.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
Tetanus8.5%0.0%
DTP *8.70%8.57%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In Lesotho, 29.7% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
15 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Corona virus and healthcare in LesothoMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Lesotho is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 1.3 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 145 physicians in Lesotho, there are about 0.07 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 43 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Sources

Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).