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SALVATION ARMY CLINIC TO CLOSE FOR 10 DAYS AS NURSES TIRED

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MBABANE – Due to the inundation of patients flocking healthcare centres in the country, the Salvation Army Clinic has resorted to closing temporarily.

The clinic, which is situated at Msunduza in Mbabane, will as of today close for a period of 10 days. This is a decision which was taken by the management of the health institution to allow the nurses to rest.

This was confirmed by the Salvation Army Clinic Administrator, Major Jeqeza Timothy Mabaso, who said this was to allow the nurses ample time to rest as they had not taken their leave days the whole of last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic which hit the country around March.

Attention 

“Due to the influx of patients seeking medical attention at the clinic, the nurses are stressed and fatigued, hence the decision to temporarily close the clinic to allow the nurses some time to rest,” he said.

Mabaso went on to say that the clinic would, however, be open today from 7am up until 1pm. This essentially means that the clinic will resume aiding and testing members of the public around January 23, 2021. The clinic’s administrator further highlighted that during the 10 days, there would be fumigation exercises so as to cleanse and disinfect the clinic of any contaminated surfaces since there were a lot of people flocking in for medical attention.

When asked if there were any nurses who contracted the virus, Mabaso said there were no cases that were reported as of yesterday. 

He said it was important for the workers to rest  to avoid a burnout and to further avert any mistakes. “We are avoiding a situation where a fatigued nurse would prescribe the wrong medication to patients. We want them to rest and come back to serve the people while revitalised and ready to work motivated,” he concluded.

Confirmed 

The clinic at Msunduza is one of the confirmed clinics which take swabs for testing from COVID-19 suspected cases at a fee of E50.

This was to relieve the Ministry of Health’s facilities from large numbers of people who wanted to test for COVID-19 as the clinic only took swabs on their behalf which they then test and give back the results to patients.

Director of Health Services  Dr Vusi Magagula said he was not aware of the developments since the clinic was not a government institution.

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