MBABANE: Colani Maseko, the influential President of the Swaziland National Union of Students(SNUS) has blamed King Mswati’s Government for exposing patients to danger through expired drugs in the various hospitals.
Speaking to this Swaziland News on Wednesday, the Students President said the health crisis including other social ills affecting the country cannot be solved by merely marching to the Mbabane Government Hospital to deliver a petition but a collective effort by all Swazis in confronting the current system of governance.
“This family Government is destroying the health system because those in power always fly to other countries for medical treatment as we saw Indlovukazi(Queen) being airlifted. The Swazis are supposed to access health-care with their taxes but the Government is failing to fulfil that obligation. But we are not surprised because we know this Government is not for the people, this is a Government that belongs to a family and a minority. So when we say we want democracy, we mean a Government that will take care of the people including access to health-care”, said the Students Union President.
On another note, Dr Vusi Magagula, the Director of Health Services in the Ministry of Health said he was investigating the expired medication scandal and would provide an appropriate response today (Thursday).
This comes after a patient told this Swaziland News that he received expired medication from the Mbabane Government Hospital on Wednesday.
Responding to this publication on the subject matter, Dr Magagula said he was still investigating the matter adding that it seemed deeper that he thought.
“Still investigating matter, seems deeper that I thought. I will get to the hospital tomorrow and will respond precisely, it needs serious investigation so as to get to the bottom of what happened. Then will make a response by noon tomorrow”, said the Director of Health Services.
Eswatini is in the midst of a health crisis as the Government struggles to procure medication, hundreds allegedly died since the crisis erupted.
Students Union President Colani Maseko