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COVID-19 BLUNDER: Patients discharged at Mavuso quarantine Centre without being re-tested.

Tuesday, 28th July, 2020

MBABANE:Nokwanda Dlamini, a COVID-19 patient said she was allegedly discharged at Mavuso Quarantine Centre without being re-tested and appeals to government to produce her results so she can go back to work.

Speaking to this Swaziland News, Dlamini said she made a genuine plea to the health workers to discharge her as she was feeling better but confirmed that she was not sure whether her COVID-19 status was positive or negative.

“I was admitted at Mavuso because of my COVID-19 positive status but then before you go, the results should reflect that you are negative. However, I asked to be discharged as now they are admitting people who are seriously sick, my greatest fear was that, I might be re-infected. So, I asked the health workers to discharge me and they agreed saying my results will follow soon. I think one of the reasons they agreed was that they are running out of space” said the COVID-19 patients. 

Reached for comments, Bheki Mamba, the President of the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union (SWADNU)warned that the situation was getting worse as more people who were not tested are having contacts with members of the public. He said government was planning to open another quarantine centre but the problem was the lack of health workers.

“We have been warning that the situation might get worse and now it’s a crisis and the health system is collapsing” he said.

 But Dr Simon Zwane, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health told this Swaziland News in an earlier interview that government was working on opening another quarantine centre at CODEC, saying it might soon be functional.

On Tuesday, Health Minister Lizzie Nkosi confirmed in a press statement that five COVID-19 has died. 

 

COVID-19 BLUNDER: Patients discharged at Mavuso quarantine Centre without being re-tested.
Heath Minister Lizzie Nkosi