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Broke Government struggling to implement vaccination program for elderly, BoGogo stranded at Manzini North.

Wednesday, 31st March, 2021

MANZINI: Government is struggling to fully implement the vaccination program allegedly due to lack of resources, elderly woman were stranded today at Manzini North Constituency after health workers failed to show-up.

Lizzie Nkosi, the Minister of Health later released a statement informing the Nation that the elderly at Manzini North will be vaccinated tomorrow(Thursday 01 April 2021) saying the schedule has been changed.

“The Ministry of Health notified the Nation that the COVID-19 vaccination schedule for the elderly has been changed. The exercise could not be completed today in selected Tinkhundla Centres due to the high number of the elderly that showed up for the vaccination” said the Minister.

But insiders within the Ministry of Health disclosed that government was struggling to implement the vaccination program due to lack of resources, some government ambulances are grounded due to lack of fuel.

When reached for comments, Bheki Mamba, the President of Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union (SWADNU) said the vaccination exercise was marked with acute shortage of nurses, no vehicles to transport staff to the Centres for vaccination.

“The few available vehicles are grounded due to the lack of fuel. We appeal to the state to provide adequate vehicles otherwise the staff will not cope with the big number of the elderly people without adequate HR and vehicles,” the SWADNU President said.
But in a press statement released on the 30th March 2021, the Minister said the outreach programme would cover all 59 Tinkhundla in the country and the vaccination team will be moving from one Inkhundla to another according to a designated schedule and time.
“It is important that the elderly keep time as the team has been allocated 3 hours in each Inkhundla. The Ministry encourages all qualifying citizens to register using the link, hhtps://www.eswatini .org/vaccine-registration. Onsite registration is available for those who are unable to register online. Please bring your National Identity to the vaccination sites,” reads the statement in part.
Broke Government struggling to implement vaccination program for elderly, BoGogo stranded at Manzini North.
Health Minister Lizzie Nkosi(pic:Gov)