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ESWATINI REGISTERS FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE

By Ackel Zwane | 2020-02-15

Eswatini has registered the first suspected case of COVID-19 (a condition caused by coronavirus), yesterday.

The case was identified in one of the health facilities in the country, following which the ministry of health rapid response team responded and blood samples were taken for further investigation. The suspected case is under clinical management in the health facility observing all infection prevention and control standards relevant for a suspected case.

 This is contained in a press release by Dr. Vusi Magagula, Director of Health Services. The suspected case has history of travel to Mainland China, and arrived in the country on February 6  through Ngwenya port of entry and has been on the list of people being followed up on arrival according to the ports entry health screening protocol. “In this regard, the ministry would like to request everyone who has had recent travel to China, in particular the students studying there, to call 977 to register as a returned traveller to China.

 The ministry of health would like to remind the public that the country remains at high alert for the coronavirus. You are therefore urged to observe preventive measures as listed below:

Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing; wash hands regualry with soap and water; open windows in buses and venues where people congregate; of you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing or flue-like symptoms and a history of travel, seek medical assistance. Health workers should screen all patients and take a detail history of anyone presenting with flue-like symptoms.”

The director said the situation was being monitored closely by the ministry of health with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO). “The public will continue to be informed on any further developments.”

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