Evaluation of unintentional injuries preparedness management; focus on Road Traffic Accidents at Ntsekhe Regional Hospital

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.04.02.Art063

Authors : Mpoeetsi C. Makau


The Kingdom of Lesotho is situated in the south eastern region of Southern Africa, covering an area of 30,355 km² and is entirely surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho’s geographical formation is characterized by high mountains and deep valleys, and it is the only country in the world to have all its entire territory located at more than 1,000 meters above sea level. More than 75 % of Lesotho is mountainous, with only 25 % considered lowland. The lowest point is 1,388 meters rising to almost 3,500 meters in the Maloti mountain range which forms the border with South Africa to the north east and south west. Seventy five percent of the Lesotho population life in rural areas, with no social services and poor road infrastructure, as postulated by Tanga, 2014.


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