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Zimbabwe: major hospital suspends surgeries amid drug shortage

Zimbabwe: major hospital suspends surgeries amid drug shortage

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<p>The United Bulawayo Hospitals (<span class="caps">UBH</span>) has announced the indefinite cancellation of elective surgical operations as a result of lack of the lack of a sedative drug, pethidine.</p> <p>A news portal in the country, <a href="http://www.newzimbabwe.com/news-31735-Second+major+hospital+suspends+surgeries/news.aspx" target="_blank">Zimbabwe.com</a> reports that <span class="caps">UBH</span>’s clinical director, Naracacious Dzvanga, had confirmed the hospital’s position through a memo to surgeons and other key staff.</p> <p>According to the memo issued on Friday, the <span class="caps">UBH</span> Chief Executive noted that the shortage of pethidine was a nationwide situation. Pethidine is a pain relieving drug which is used in emergency department and post surgery stages of health care chain.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Zimbabwe: drugs shortage at United Bulawayo Hospital means all elective surgeries suspended <a href="https://t.co/vCfELQYeTF">pic.twitter.com/vCfELQYeTF</a></p>— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) <a href="https://twitter.com/samirasawlani/status/787191298021351424">October 15, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“This is a shortage in the country not just at United Bulawayo Hospitals. As such, all elective cases are suspended with effect from 14 October, 2016 until further notice,” it said.</p> <p>Zimbabwe has been battling with an economic downturn that has led to acute cash shortage. The country was till recently hit by anti government protests calling for the president to resign. Others also protested against introduction of bond notes whiles the opposition also called for electoral reforms ahead of elections in 2018.</p> <p><span class="caps">UBH</span> is the second major hospital in the country to suspend crucial surgeries. In September, the Harare Central Hospital also suspended surgeries. </p> <p>“Due to the critical shortages of Pethidine, Injectable Morphine, Fentanyl, Adrenaline, <span class="caps">ETT</span>, Metochlopramide, Sodium Bicarbonate and antibiotics, it was decided after consultation…that we suspend all elective surgeries for the time being,” a memo by Harare hospital administration read.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">UBH</span> is situated in the Eastern part of the city of Bulawayo – the country’s second biggest city. It is one of two principal referral centres for the Southern part of the country. </p> <p>The hospital also serves as one of the two referral centres for an urban population of about one million. The <span class="caps">UBH</span> was opened in 1937 at Khumalo as an extension of the Old Memorial Hospital.</p>

This is a shortage in the country not just at United Bulawayo Hospitals. As such, all elective cases are suspended with effect from 14 October, 2016 until further notice.

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