- Nkosi took the reigns of being the Minister of Health in 2018 after appointment by King
- For her most outstanding work n October 2020 she received a Service Excellence Award
Mbabane: Despite critics and the demands brought by the outbreak of COVID-19 Lizzie Nkosi, the Minister of Health has been able to outstand and be the woman whose name has been the talks of the streets throughout the country.
Nkosi took the reigns of being the Minister of Health in 2018 after the appointment of His Majesty the King Mswati III.
Just at the beginning of her second year (2020) in office, she was welcomed by the outbreak of COVID-19 which saw her being resilient in the fight against this coronavirus scourge.
Her most outstanding work was evident by the fact that in October 2020, she received the Individual Service Excellence Award from the organizers of the Eswatini Customer Service Excellence Awards 2020.
Also, the Ministry of Health has been awarded a Service Excellence Recognition Award in recognition for the work done in the fight against COVID-19.
The awards are part of the Customer Service Week which is observed globally and is followed by awards. Customer Service Week is an international celebration of the importance of customer service and of the people who serve and support customers on a daily basis.
When it comes to information dissemination her ministry has been doing the most as the country has been kept updated with COVID-19 responses of the country. The minister has been providing the daily updates of the statistics regarding new COVID-19 cases, fatalities and recoveries.
The minister has been updating the nation on what was happening on the ground regarding securing COVID-19 vaccines for the Kingdom. However, the nation was still waiting for the arrival of the first batch of the AstraZeneca Vaccine as the minister hinted that the country was expecting the 108 000 does of vaccines from the COVAX Facility.
Meanwhile, Lizzie Nkosi can perhaps be counted amongst female leaders who have been outsanding in the fight against the coronavirus and other women who showed their resilience includes New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Ardern received universal acclaim for her handling of the pandemic. According to ABC news her approach was nonpartisan; the liberal politician worked with Scott Morrison, the conservative prime minister of Australia, to create a joint effort that has effectively eliminated the virus from their island nations.
Perhaps COVID-19 has shown the world what should have been obvious all along: The qualities that make women excellent caregivers are also what make them great leaders.
“I don’t see any contradiction in being empathetic and compassionate and being a strong leader. That’s not weakness. That’s strength,” said Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. She knows a thing or two about leading through a crisis, as she navigated Liberia through the Ebola virus outbreak of 2014. It feels fitting to conclude with her words, which I echo wholeheartedly: “The power of women has not yet been fully tested or tapped. We need to build towards using it more often.”
These women have received global acclaim for their responses to the pandemic — and, at the same time, challenged our traditional assumptions of leadership.
The qualities that make women great leaders through times of crisis are also what make them great leaders every day.
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