By Sabelo Majola | 2018-03-13
Patients had to be transferred to other hospitals following the damage to the maternity ward at the Mbabane Government Hospital after the heavy rains that were experienced on Sunday afternoon.
Before proceeding to the handing over of Ward 12 by the Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) through the ministry of Information, communication and technology yesterday, Health Minister Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane took a tour around the maternity ward to inspect the damage in the company of Principal Secretary Dr. Simon Zwane.
The minister revealed that the damage was so severe they had to refer patients to Raleigh Fitkim Memorial and the Good Shepherd Hospitals as the ward was flooded and the environment unhygienic.
“Patients who wish to visit the Mbabane government hospital for maternity purposes are advised to consider going to other hospitals and health centres around the country as the maternity ward in the hospital is not in good condition following the damage from the heavy rains,” she said. In her remarks during the handover of ward 12, the minister reminded all present that Mbabane government hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in the country having been built around the 1920’s.
“I would like to state therefore that the renovation of Ward 12 has come at the right time, as it blends well with the already completed projects and the ongoing projects. The renovation of Ward 12 is part of the many projects that SPTC has sponsored through the Swazi Telecom Charity Cup. SPTC solicited funds from Swazi-Med to add to the contribution towards the project and I’m glad to announce that SPTC has also adopted the Ward 12 and has promised to take care of it in the future,” she said.
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