SWAZ­IMED BUILDS E200M HOSPI­TAL WITH 100 BEDS

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - STORIES BY ZWELETHU DLAMINI

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.

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