MANKAYANE:Eswatini pro-democracy groups under the Swaziland United Democratic Front(SUDF), are organizing a series of protests to deliver petitions in the various government hospitals as the health crisis escalates, resulting to the death of patients within the health facilities.
The tiny Kingdom, situated in Southern Africa is ruled by Mswati as an absolute Monarch, the King uses public funds to sustain his lavish lifestyle while patients are dying due to shortage of drugs in Government hospitals.
But on Friday morning, pro-democracy protesters under the SUDF delivered a petition at Mankayane Government Hospital, in the south-western parts of eSwatini, about one hundred(100) kilometers from the eSwatini capital-city Mbabane.
Reached for comments on Saturday, Mayibongwe Masangwane, the Secretary General of the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union(SWADNU)said, they will soon release daily reports with the number of deaths,as a result of the health crisis.
“We really appreciate the efforts by the pro-democracy groups.The delivery of petitions creates awareness regarding the seriousness of the health crisis.We will soon release a report with the number of deaths as result of the health crisis,” said the Secretary General of the Eswatini Nurses Union.
On another note, Lizzie Nkosi, the Minister of Health told journalists during a press conference last week that, government will soon engage suppliers to find solutions to the health crisis.
But the Minister subsequently rushed to the State owned radio, claiming drugs have been delivered in the various hospitals.
It later transpired that actually, the Health Minister was uttering an outright lie.
“Drugs have been delivered in hospitals, people can visit their nearest hospitals and clinics for health services,” said the Minister last week.
Reached for comments, Lucky Dlamini, the SUDF Chairperson said, eSwatini was struggling in terms of social services, he attributed the crisis to poor political leadership.
“The people are feeling abandoned by the King and the Tinkhundla government particularly, on the issue of the health crisis where hospitals are struggling due to the non-availability of drugs. We can’t have a leader who behaves like the King, taking care of himself while neglecting the people.This problem of poor leadership under the authority of the King will not just go-away. Swazis must solve it, they must stand-up and fight for their rights,” said the Chairperson of the Swaziland United Democratic Front(SUDF) when speaking to this Swaziland News.
Eswatini has about 70% of the population living below the poverty line, a majority of the citizens survive through subsistence farming.
But, with the scarcity of farming equipment and/or material and the ever-changing weather conditions influenced by climate-change, some eSwatini citizens are struggling to afford a decent meal.
The country relies heavily on foreign aid to fund social services services that include Free Primary Education(FPE) and health while public funds and/or taxes are used to sustain the lavish lifestyle of King Mswati.
Shortage of medication in eSwatini Government hospitals triggers protests by pro-democracy groups, nurses to release number of deaths.