MBABANE: Bheki Mamba, the President of the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union(SWADNU) has warned that Eswatini is losing the fight against COVID-19 and the numbers are highly expected to rise.
Speaking to this Swaziland News current affairs program on Wednesday, the nurses President said the decline in numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases should not be interpreted as victory as this was caused by the shortage of testing equipment. He said the country used to have an automatic testing kit that provide results urgently however, that equipment is no longer functional.
"As we speak we don't have testing kits, we used to have automated kits that came with our lab equipment from France.Now we have manually operated kitsthatwere donated by the Jack Ma Foundation, they usually take two weeks to process the results. This, in turn leads to a high infection rate since suspected cases obviously continues to be in contactwith a lot of people before the release of their results" he said.
The nurses President said the situation has been worsened by the fact that government failed to use the lockdown opportunity to prepare for the crisis by providing equipment within the various hospitals. He said the lack of Personal Protective Clothing (PPEs) resulted to a high infection rate among health workers.
"There are no PPE's in hospitals, the PPE's that we last saw were donated by the Jack Ma Foundation and World Vision. A lot of health workers have contracted the virus due to the lack of PPE's,there are 33 health workers that are being treated for COVID 19 in hospitals, which means half of the admitted cases are health workers. We are fighting a losing battle since the soldiers we are supposed to use in the war against the virus are the first to be infected" said the Nurse's President.
Lubobo Refferal Hospital