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On the 20th September 2019, the Prime Minister His Excellency Mandvulo Dlamini graced the premises of the Ministry of Health. With assistance from the Honourable Minister for Health Lizzy Nkosi and the Principal Secretary Simon Zwane, the PM toured the Ministry’s Headquarters, Cooper Centre (where there are programmes offices for the Ministry) and Mbabane Government Hospital.

Meanwhile, the PM applauded the Minister and her team for the excellent work they are doing despite the fiscal challenges that the government is going through. ‘Health is a very complex sector and the work that the Minister and her team is doing is very commendable, said the Prime Minister.

On the other hand, The Honourable Minister Lizzy Nkosi, was very grateful for the PM’s visit to the Ministry and assured him that the Ministry of health is working very hard to reaching to its vision “A healthy and productive Swazi population that lives longer, fulfilling and responsible lives”. Nkosi also mentioned that she is very hopeful that the fiscal challenges faced by the Government will soon come to an end as that will enable the Ministry to improve on service delivery.    

Two-plus-two Debate at the 72nd World Health Assembly

By Hon. Lizzie Nkosi

Minister of Health, Kingdom of Eswatini

20th May 2019

Mr. President, I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Kingdom of Eswatini to request for the inclusion of the supplementary item entitled: “Inviting Taiwan to participate in the World Health Assembly as an Observer”, in the agenda of the 72nd Session of the World Health Assembly.

As stated in the Constitution of the World Health Organization, “The objective of the World Health Organization shall be the attainment of the highest possible level of health by all people”.  The mandate of WHO will never be fulfilled if Taiwan’s 23 million people are left behind.

Taiwan is a significant partner in international health and humanitarian aid work, and with its experience and expertise, is committed to help advance global welfare and the right of all people across the world to access health. Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly as an observer is a health matter and an issue of basic human rights. The political pre-conditions set by the PRC on Taiwan’s participation in the WHA are unreasonable and groundless.  The WHO is a neutral and professional body and should not be used as a political arena.

Recent years have seen a string of international outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola and Zika Virus, and remember clearly the human toll of the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic. Globalization has created a clear risk of the cross-border transmission of communicable diseases. Taiwan should not become a gap in the global health system, nor should its people be denied their right to health. Director General Dr. Tedros has rightly said, “The best thing we can do to prevent future outbreaks is to strengthen health systems everywhere”. Leaving any one region out of the global health network creates a gap that undermines global public health and safety.  We should not allow politics to create a gap in the global prevention and control network.

In 2017, Taiwan provided a total of USD 321 million in Official Development Assistance to international society, approximately USD 24 million of which was in the field of medicine and health.  These funds were used to promote a range of health and medical projects designed to meet the needs of partner countries and in line with trends in the development of international aid programs.

Taiwan has an excellent record in implementing UHC, with 99.9% of its population enrolled in the National Health Insurance Program. Medical expenditures account for only 6.3% of GDP and foreign nationals who study, work or reside legally in Taiwan are automatically enrolled in the program, with no one left behind. Taiwan’s experienced in developing universal health coverage could be a valuable reference for many countries, and Taiwan should have opportunity to share its experience in this regard with WHO and other countries around the world.

Mr. President, in light of these considerations, the Kingdom of Eswatini would like to reiterate our support for Taiwan’s participation in the WHO, including the observership in the World Health Assembly, based on the principles of professionalism, pragmatism and leaving no one behind.

I thank you.

CANNABIS REGULATIONS ESWATINI

The Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini, in anticipating significant economic and medical benefit from the legalization of cannabis for medical and scientific useis working on an enabling legislative environment for this purpose. This will be achieved by putting in place proper legislation and regulatory framework that will avoid the diversion of cannabis to the illicit market whilst safeguarding public health of the nation.

In accordance to the Opium and Habit forming drugs Act of 1922 the Minister for health is the only one mandated to issue a license to individuals for purposes of medicinal use or research. It is on this premise that the Ministry of Health has prepared regulations to this effect and is in the process of conducting consultations before sending it forward for the necessary approvals.

These regulations set forth conditions and requirements under which a license to deal in cannabis business will be issued, and how this kind of business will be monitored by the relevant authorities.

As an important stakeholder you are requested to review these regulations and make your input where relevant.

Download Eswatini Cannabis Regulations 2019


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