The Minister of Health says the strategic partnerships between the government and the private are critical for the country to succeed.
By Ntokozo Nkambule
The Minister of Health Lizzy Nkosi today officially launched the Private -Public Partnership against Pandemic Threats at the Hilton Garden Inn, Mbabane.
The partnership is meant to help the country fight pandemics such as COVID-19, and HIV/AIDS, among others. The private sector has pledged to continue assisting government whenever the need arises.
The Minister applauded Business Eswatini (BE) and the Eswatini Business Health & Wellness for the sterling work they have done to ensure that the country survives the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We therefore rely on partnerships as you have witnessed with Business Eswatini and EBH in the past two years. Collaborative efforts between various partners is critical for the attainment of national goals and as a government we are always thankful for them. The ministry of health has never not at once felt neglected because of the support that has been rendered by the United States of America through USAID. The USAID has played a pivotal role in ensuring that the ministry succeeds in delivering health services to the nation effectively and efficiently”
Nkosi further noted that it was imperative for the business sector to get involved in fighting pandemics because of its importance in society. “A Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) against pandemic threats beginning with Covid-19, is an exciting endeavour for the country, considering the area of intervention being the business sector, which covers over 200, 000 EmaSwati.
The Ministry hopes that this partnership will address the apparent gaps in the vaccination program, which is why I would like to particularly thank the USAID on behalf of EBH for financial support towards transport, logistics, storage and cold chain management. The ministry hopes that EBH, through this funding, will be able to create demand especially from lowly vaccinated age groups” she noted.
Also present during the event was the US Ambassador, Jeanne Maloney, captains of industry, international aid donors among others