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Covid-19: Eswatini recieves Medical Supplies from Equatorial Guinea

Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini on Monday, July 13, received, on behalf of His Majesty King Mswati III, medical supplies from President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea Obiang Nguema Mbasogo meant to strengthen Eswatini’s COVID-19 response.

The first confirmed patient with COVID-19 was diagnosed in Eswatini on 14 March; since then, the number of patients with COVID-19 has grown daily within its borders.

The COVID-19 pandemic met Eswatini in an already fragile economic and social situation. The country’s economic growth in recent years has been subdued, expanding at an average growth rate of 1.7 per cent during 2014-19 as a result of mounting fiscal challenges, a difficult external environment and the impact of the 2015/16 drought.

The Government has set up Public Health Emergency Management Committees at national and regional levels tasked, among other responsibilities to  map out capacities and gaps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A Resource Mobilization Committee was set up by His Majesty King Mswati III and has set a target to raise E300 million to be used in improving health/medical facilities and ensuring the provision of medical and pharmaceutical supplies, including laboratory and testing facilities. A total of E79 Million have been raised so far from the private sector and development partners such as Taiwan and  the UN.

According to Eswatini Health Minister Lizze Nkosi, Manzini and Hhohho regions have contributed about 80 percent of Covid-19 cases.

The health ministry has advised citizens should continue wearing face masks, frequently washing hands and keeping a distance of 1 to 2 metres between one another and encourage staying at home if travelling is not essential in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

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