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Principal Secretary: Health- care workers are our soldiers in the war against COVID-19

Friday, 17th July, 2020

MBABANE: Dr Simon Zwane, the Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health, has applauded healthcare workers for their commitment in fighting the novel coronavirus. 

Speaking to this Swaziland News on Thursday, the PS expressed his appreciation for the commitment demonstrated by the healthcare workers in the fight against the virus. 

“The fight against novel coronavirus is war. The Ministry finds comfort in knowing that healthcare workers are foot soldiers who put their lives on the line serving the nation during such trying times. We find it proper to salute the determination and dedication they show to the call of duty. The nation is safe because of their sacrifice and we encourage the healthcare workers to keep up the good work. We have seen hundreds of COVID-19 recoveries because they are dedicated,” said the PS.

Reached for comments Bheki Mamba, the President of the Swaziland Democratic Nurse’s Union (SWADNU) welcomed the recognition by the Principal Secretary and appealed to government that for the appreciation to be practical.

 “We believe that the recognition of the workers\' efforts must be practically appreciated. The Ministry does not allow nurses to go for isolation, which puts colleagues of the suspected case at risk of contracting the virus. The Ministry has failed to prioritize nurses in testing and there is no risk allowance. We still struggle with Personal Protective Equipment” said the nurses President.

Principal Secretary: Health- care workers are our soldiers in the war against COVID-19
Heath Principal Secretary Dr Simon Zwane