Ministry of Health
Principal Secretary Dr Simon Zwane said the Mbabane Government Hospital and the
Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM) Hospital at Manzini had a total of 12 ventilators between them but these were reserved for patients
not suffering from coronavirus (COVID-19).
He said the Swazi
Government had purchased 43 ventilators which were distributed in the health
centres around the country.
The eSwatini Observer reported he said, ‘A
majority of the ventilators are at the Lubombo Referral Hospital but some of
them were distributed to the other government hospitals to bring the service
closer to the patients.’
He added this did not mean
there were enough ventilators if there was a sudden increase in the number of
Zwane also said there was a
shortage of coronavirus test kits to deal with the umber of people wanting to
cross the kingdom’s border into South Africa, which had recently reopened for
traffic. The Observer reported only 4,500 test kits were available.
He said the available tests
He told a the Parliament
COVID-19 Portfolio Committee workshop the ministry was evaluating antigen rapid
tests which produced results after 15 to 30 minutes. He said they were still
evaluating the tests and currently they had 12,000 test kits which was not
The number of positive
cases reported by the Ministry of
Health stands at 5,598 as of Tuesday (6 October 2020). There have
been a total of 112 deaths.
Meanwhile, Moses Vilakati, Minister
of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, announced the number of tourist arrivals in
Swaziland had declined by 75 percent during the pandemic. Swaziland usually has
1.2 million visitor arrivals a year, he said at an event to mark United Nations
World Tourism Day.
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