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COVID-19 crisis: Nurses President says hospitals might run out of beds, government confirms.

Thursday, 9th July, 2020

MBABANE: Bheki Mamba, the President of the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union(SWADNU) has revealed that hospitals in the country as the COVID-19 confirmed cases continue to rise.

The nurses President further warn that the country will soon experience shortage of staff within the various hospitals as more health workers were exposed to the virus while working without Personal Protective Clothing(PPEs).

"The high number of cases these days will strain the staff in the country\'s hospitals. There will be a shortage of staff since more patients will be admitted and the existing staff will be over stretched. There is also no medication and testing kits which is making the situation worse. Some of the 82 cases recorded today will not be admitted since our hospitals are already full. We have learnt that government has identified another pavilion at Mavuso Trade Centre that will be used as a quarantine site. However, we have been told there is no money for that which means time is against us,” he said. 

When reached for comments, Director of Health Dr Vusi Magagula said the number of COVID-19 cases will continue to rise whether government was ready or not.

"This is what we are seeing and experiencing. Unfortunately we can't change the situation, the cases will continue to rise whether we are prepared or not. We have to add more beds, luckily enough, a bigger percentage of people are recovering which means we still have enough beds for now, considering the fact that some patients are treated at home", said the Director Of Health.

COVID-19 crisis: Nurses President says hospitals might run out of  beds, government confirms.
Health Director Dr Vusi Magagula