MANZINI- Dr Vusi Magagula, the Director of Health in the Kingdom of eSwatini said the country had no adequate health resources to deal with the deadly coronavirus.
This comes after Zweli Mkhize, the Health Minister in the Republic confirmed in a media statement a suspected case of the virus on Thursday after a 38 year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife allegedly tested positive.
“This morning, Thursday March 5, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that a suspected case of COVID-19 has tested positive. The patient is a 38-year old male who travelled to Italy with his wife. They were part of a group of 10 people and they arrived back in South Africa on March 1,2020. The patient consulted a private general practitioner on March 3, with symptoms of fever , headache, malaise, a sore throat and cough. The nurse took swabs and delivered it to the lab” read the statement in part.
Reached for comments in an earlier interview, the Director of Health Services in Eswatini, Dr Vusi Magagula said the country was currently not well equipped to fight the virus. Magagula confirmed the sentiments of South African Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi who told journalists in a press conference that South Africa and Egypt were the only two countries in Africa well equipped to fight the CoronaVirus.
“The SA minister is telling the truth, we don’t have the required laboratory plus testing kit to fight the coronavirus at the moment in Eswatini. It will cost us millions of Emalangeni to have such a facility as we are currently experiencing financial challenges,” said the Director.
Health Minister in South Africa Zweli Mkhize confirmed a suspected case of Coronavirus(pic: South African)