MBA­BANE GOVT HOSPI­TAL RUNS SHORT OF TETANUS IN­JEC­TION

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Bahle Gama

DRUGS short­age in the Mba­bane gov­ern­ment hospi­tal con­tin­ues to be a prob­lem.

The lat­est is in­ad­e­quate Tetanus Tox­oid (TT) which is ad­min­is­tered to preg­nant women dur­ing the first few weeks of preg­nancy.

Preg­nant women have ex­pressed their con­cern about the lack of this med­i­ca­tion.

“The min­istry of health is do­ing ev­ery­thing in its power to pro­cure all the es­sen­tial medicines and sup­plies, but then the fis­cal sit­u­a­tion we find our­selves in tends to slow down the process of pay­ment,” said Dr Vusi Ma­gag­ula, Di­rec­tor of Health ser­vices.

Manda­tory

Tetanus in­jec­tion dur­ing preg­nancy is not manda­tory and there is no rule that ev­ery woman must get a vac­cine for tetanus.

How­ever, it is im­por­tant to get tetanus in­jec­tion when one is preg­nant.

Women who have had a tetanus prone wound should get a Tetanus Tox­oid vac­cine to avoid the risk of tetanus. It is also rec­om­mended to give Tetanus Tox­oid vac­cines in un­der­de­vel­oped re­gions since de­liv­er­ies hap­pen in un­hy­gienic con­di­tions. Many coun­tries fol­low a uni­ver­sal stan­dard for Tetanus Tox­oid (TT) im­mu­ni­sa­tion for preg­nant women.

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