Nurses at­tacked at Ingut­sheni Hospi­tal

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

THREE nurses at Ingut­sheni Cen­tral Hospi­tal in Bu­l­awayo have been at­tacked while at­tend­ing to men­tal pa­tients as the in­sti­tu­tion grap­ples with a short­age of anti-psy­chotic drugs to sta­bilise them.

The hospi­tal’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Mr Nyasha Chib­von­godze, told The Chron­i­cle yes­ter­day that the hospi­tal only has 10 per­cent of the re­quired drugs, putting the lives of both pa­tients and staff at risk.

Mr Chib­von­godze was speak­ing on the side­lines of a hand-over cer­e­mony of 37 mat­tresses do­nated by the Ro­tary Club of Bu­l­awayo South.

He said due to the short­age of drugs, men­tal pa­tients be­come ag­gres­sive and abuse nurses.

“Since Jan­uary we had two in­ci­dents where nurses were as­saulted by pa­tients while the third one had his spec­ta­cles bro­ken by a pa­tient. How­ever, we can’t blame the pa­tients for this be­cause they’re ill. We need the anti-psy­chotic drugs to sta­bilise them,” Mr Chib­von­godze said.

He said Trea­sury re­leased only $70 000 in Fe­bru­ary from the $900 000 that was al­lo­cated to the in­sti­tu­tion in the 2016 bud­get.

Ingut­sheni Cen­tral Hospi­tal caters for about 2 000 pa­tients with 400 of them be­ing in-pa­tients while oth­ers are out-pa­tients.

Mr Chib­von­godze said men­tal pa­tients suf­fer from stigma as rel­a­tives shun them once they are ad­mit­ted to the in­sti­tu­tion. “When their rel­a­tives leave them here they don’t visit them. Men­tal ill­ness is a chronic ill­ness just like di­a­betes. Do you ne­glect your rel­a­tive be­cause they’re di­a­betic? Some of these pa­tients suf­fer from re­lapse be­cause they be­come unloved at home,” he said.

Mr Chib­von­godze ap­pealed to donors to as­sist the hospi­tal say­ing due to bud­getary con­straints they were fac­ing hard times.

“Our pa­tients need al­most ev­ery­thing from us be­cause they’re eco­nom­i­cally un­pro­duc­tive. From linen, uni­forms, food and drugs the hospi­tal has to pro­vide. We’re there­fore ap­peal­ing to mem­bers of the pub­lic to as­sist us in tak­ing care of our pa­tients,” he said adding that uni­forms are im­por­tant for the in­sti­tu­tion as that makes it eas­ier to iden­tify pa­tients.

Mr Chib­von­godze ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the Ro­tary Club of Bu­l­awayo South for do­nat­ing to the in­sti­tu­tion.

Ro­tary Club of Bu­l­awayo South pres­i­dent Mr Roger Rus­sell urged other in­sti­tu­tions to as­sist Ingut­sheni. — @ nqot­shili

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