SWAZIMED BUILDS E200M HOSPITAL WITH 100 BEDS
In what has been received as good news by members of Swaziland Medical Aid Fund (SwaziMed), the fund is in the process of constructing a hospital for its members worth E200 million.
This move is envisaged to save the fund over E100 million per annum, which is the average amount spent in referring clients in hospitals outside the country. The construction of the hospital, which will be at Ezulwini, has already begun and the facility is expected to be operational by the first quart er of 2020. This was revealed by SwaziMed Principal Officer Peter Simelane during the SwaziMed Open Day, which was held at S&B Restaurant in Matsapha yesterday. The meeting was attended by hundreds of members who filled the conference hall. “The bulk earthwork of the hospital is about to be completed and has consumed about five per cent of the total cost. This project will save us E100 million worth of cases per year. We want to bring back local specialists to the country as well as import others to ensure that all the illnesses and diseases are treated locally,” he said.
Simelane noted that apart from the savings of transporting patients to a foreign country, the project is envisaged to control or minimise contribution increase in future. “This will also cut the costs incurred by relatives looking after the patients for the duration of the treatment. The relatives can come to visit them and go back home on the same day,” he added.
The principal officer said the hospital would have about 100 beds for admitted patients.
Members of the fund commended their leaders for the project as they shared the same sentiments on the benefits and the impact of such a facility, saying such was a result of self-administration. Some members said in the meantime, SwaziMed should consider using specialists from government hospitals Others asked the fund to i mprove on t he 24- hour service. Furthermore, members reported that it was sad to learn that they faced suspension due to unpaid contributions by employers whereas their salary advices indicated that their subscriptions had been deducted.
Artistic impression of the SwaziMed Hospital which is under construction at Ezulwini.
A side view of the hospital.