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Nurses thank US Embassy for protective clothing, slam government for abusing COVID-19 donations

Friday, 5th June, 2020

MBABANE:Bheki Mamba, the President of Swaziland Democratic Nurse’s Union (SWADNU) says the US Embassy has outclassed the government of Eswatini in preventing and combating COVID-19 in the country.

Speaking to this publication, the President said Government has proven to all that she has no intention to buy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers.

“We know for fact that the procurement of PPE is possible and available on market. Government’s narrative that PPE is not accessible is a lie. We want to extend our utmost gratitude to the US Embassy for their swift response to this crisis. The US Embassy has donated E94 million in goods and services and healthcare workers are direct beneficiaries. We are yet to see PPE procured by government, especially utilising the E100 million budgeted for by government to fight COVID-19. Eswatini government must learn a thing or two from the US Embassy about dealing with a crisis” the SWADNU President said.

When delivering the vitally important equipment by the US government through the Department of Defence, the US Embassy committed to assisting the Nation.

“The US government will continue to work with the government of Eswatini to help and our implementing partners to respond to this crisis in real and concrete ways. Together, we are working to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect people who are the most vulnerable to contracting this disease” reads part of the statement.

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