MAY­HEM RULES Sui­cides, nurses beaten at Ingut­sheni as seda­tive drugs run out

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pamela Shumba

INGUT­SHENI Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal in Bu­l­awayo has run out of seda­tive drugs, which are im­por­tant in sup­press­ing vi­o­lent be­hav­iour in psy­chi­atric pa­tients.

Staff at the hos­pi­tal said last week, two nurses were beaten up by pa­tients who are not be­ing given drugs to calm them.

“There are no drugs to se­date the men­tally ill pa­tients at the hos­pi­tal. Ma­trons are forc­ing nurses to work un­der th­ese con­di­tions and threat­en­ing to dis­miss them if they don’t com­ply.

“Last week two nurses were beaten up by vi­o­lent pa­tients and the mat­ter was swept un­der the car­pet. The lim­ited tran­quilis­ers that are avail­able have ex­pired

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