Nor­mal op­er­a­tions ex­pected to re­sume at UBH

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

UNITED Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals (UBH) is ex­pected to re­sume nor­mal op­er­a­tions this week af­ter it had sus­pended non-emer­gency surg­eries last Fri­day.

UBH chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ms Nonhlanhla Ndlovu yes­ter­day said the sus­pen­sion of non emer­gency surg­eries was tem­po­rary as they awaited de­liv­ery of pain killer, pethi­dine, from their sup­pli­ers this week.

“It was a mar­ket is­sue and we had to at­tend to emer­gency cases only be­cause our sup­plies had dwin­dled. We are ex­pect­ing sup­plies of both pethi­dine and mor­phine this week so that we re­sume nor­mal op­er­a­tions,” said Ms Ndlovu.

Both pethi­dine and mor­phine are pain re­liev­ing drugs used in emer­gency depart­ment and post surgery stages of health care.

Last Fri­day, the hos­pi­tal clin­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr Nar­ci­sius Dz­vanga ad­vised all sur­geons and other key staff through a memo to sus­pend all non emer­gency op­er­a­tions.

“Please be ad­vised that the Hos­pi­tals are fac­ing chal­lenges in ob­tain­ing Pethi­dine. This is a short­age in the coun­try not just at UBH. As such, all elec­tive cases are sus­pended with ef­fect from 14 Oc­to­ber 2016 un­til fur­ther no­tice,” reads part of the memo.

Ear­lier, Health and Child Care Min­is­ter Dr David Parireny­atwa had con­firmed re­sump­tion of nor­mal ser­vices at UBH say­ing they will get their sup­plies this week.

Due to the cur­rent eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment, pub­lic health in­sti­tu­tions are strug­gling to sur­vive im­pact­ing neg­a­tively on their op­er­a­tions par­tic­u­larly drug stocks.

Last month, Harare Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal also tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended non-emer­gency surg­eries due to short­age of the same pain killers and an­tibi­otics.

“Due to the crit­i­cal short­ages of Pethi­dine, In­jectable Mor­phine, Fen­tanyl, Adren­a­line, ETT, Me­tochlo­pramide, Sodium Bi­car­bon­ate and an­tibi­otics, it was de­cided af­ter con­sul­ta­tion . . . that we sus­pend all elec­tive surg­eries for the time be­ing,” read a memo from Harare hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The Gov­ern­ment is still work­ing on procur­ing drugs through Trea­sury Bills.

Ms Nonhlanhla Ndlovu

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