MBABANE GOVT HOSPITAL RUNS SHORT OF TETANUS INJECTION
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.
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.