MBABANE: Mayibongwe Masangwane, the Secretary General of the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union(SWADNU) says the protest by patients, will amplify their voices as nurses, regarding the shortage of medication in public hospitals.
A questionnaire was sent to Health Minister Lizzie Nkosi, however, she had not responded at the time of compiling this report.
Patients protested on Wednesday at Mbabane Government Hospital,they are demanding that government must provide drugs.
“This protest by patients is an indication that the crisis is escalating, public hospitals are facing shortage of medication.We have been creating an awareness about this crisis and government would rush to the radio to deny, saying drugs have been supplied. Now here is the evidence proving that there are no drugs in hospitals, patients are protesting,” said the Nurses Union Secretary General.
On another note, King Mswati’s Government has been struggling to provide drugs in hospitals while public funds sustain the King’s extravagant lifestyle.
As a result,the Swaziland United Democratic Front(SUDF), a coalition of pro-democracy groups, has been delivering petitions in public hospitals across the country, demanding that government must provide drugs.
HEALTH CRISIS: Patients move out of wards, protest against shortage of medication as Mswati’s Government intentionally neglects public hospitals.