Ingut­sheni ex­pe­ri­ences in­crease in re­laps­ing pa­tients

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo Chron­i­cle Re­porter

INGUT­SHENI Cen­tral Hospi­tal in Bu­l­awayo has recorded an in­crease in re­laps­ing pa­tients who have been read­mit­ted due to fail­ure to ac­cess drugs among other rea­sons.

Pre­sent­ing an over­view of the men­tal health in­sti­tu­tion yes­ter­day to the Min­is­ter of Health and Child Wel­fare, Dr David Parireny­atwa, the board chair­per­son, Mrs San­dra Gumbo, said the num­ber of re-ad­mis­sions was more than new ad­mis­sions.

“We have been fail­ing to get our al­lo­ca­tion from Trea­sury to pro­cure med­i­ca­tion for our pa­tients. Most of them run out of med­i­ca­tion and re­lapse and it in­creases our bur­den as a hospi­tal,” said Mrs Gumbo.

“Of the $900, 000 we were al­lo­cated, we have only re­ceived $70 000 and that was not enough to pur­chase the med­i­ca­tion we need for an av­er­age of 600 pa­tients we have. If we got at least half of that al­lo­ca­tion, we would have achieved a lot of things.”

Ingut­sheni sta­tis­tics show that a to­tal of 185 re-ad­mis­sions were recorded for the first quar­ter of this year com­pared to 121 new ad­mis­sions for the same pe­riod.

Min­is­ter Parireny­atwa said Trea­sury should pri­ori­tise Ingut­sheni as it was a spe­cial hospi­tal.

“We com­mend ef­forts put by the staff to main­tain or­der in this hospi­tal de­spite chal­lenges they are fac­ing. Ingut­sheni must al­ways have money to cater for their needs and they must be sup­ported all the time,” he said.

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

“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 but they are still be­ing ad­min­is­tered on pa­tients yet they don’t have any ef­fect,” said a source.

Ingut­sheni Cen­tral Hospi­tal does not charge pa­tients for its ser­vices and the in­sti­tu­tion de­pends en­tirely on the gov­ern­ment’s bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion for its re­cur­rent ex­pen­di­ture and cap­i­tal projects.

Re­ports of the drug short­ages emerged as a pa­tient at the hospi­tal re­port­edly killed her­self by cov­er­ing her head with a plas­tic bag af­ter a doc­tor had re­fused to dis­charge her. — @ thamamoe

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