Govt Hospital doctors down tools
MBABANE – The Mbabane Government Hospital is facing a serious shortage of drugs and other essentials, which are important for the management of patients.
This situation is so serious that it has led to doctors threatening to down their tools this week, if the ministry of health failed to address their concerns.
The hospital’s doctors yesterday demanded an audience with the ministry’s authorities to address their concerns.
A crisis meeting between the doctors and the Minister of Health Benedict Xaba, Principal Secretary Stephen Shongwe and the ministry’s officials was convened at the hospital. The doctors identified key challenges which they were faced with, which include shortage of some medical supplies such as IV fluids, intermittent supply of water and the delay in receiving laboratory results.
PS Shongwe in an interview said Minister Xaba assured the doctors that government was giving the issue the seriousness it deserved.
He also said Xaba further promised to attend to all the concerns raised by the doctors. He also said the ministry had already started to deliver on their promise.
Shongwe said some of the supplies that the doctors complained about had arrived and were received in the past few days, while others would be supplied in coming weeks.
He said the ministry would continue to follow-up on suppliers to ensure that the medical supplies were delivered soon.
"We expect more medicines and medical supplies in the coming week," Shongwe said.
He revealed that as a result of the emergency meeting, Xaba had also formed a task team to ensure that follow- ups on the issues discussed with workers were made.
I understand the doctors sentiments but I personally think these doctors should take a leaf from the Raleigh Fitkin on service and how to treat people. Their attitude is so bad I doubt that anything will change at that hospital. I have cancer and was shocked when a doctor gave me vitamins and said there is nothing wrong with me. She walked out that young lady doctor... I was paralysed with shock, lucky my brother whisked me to Nazarene where I was immediately attended to... Yes cancer is not curable I know, but the pain is unbearable to tell me nothing is wrong with me... How can someone in my final days make me curse her like this, but for the humiliation she put me through she is my challenge in my soul I just cannot find forgiveness in my heart for her...Wangilimata lomuntfu!!! Recommendation from me is fire them all and get people that chose the proffesion for the passion to help the sick... Not these people that went there for the show off - Thuli Sibandze
May 31, 2012, 9:31 AM, Thuli Sibandze (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It is sad that we will continue to cling on hope that remains just that-hope. For how long should we suffer because of drug shortages? For as long as the current regime reigns, that's the simple answer. And in 2013 someone somewhere will sponsor a soccer team and buy a few cheap blankets for the elderly, all in the name of being voted into parliement. May 31, 2012, 3:11 PM, Cebelihle Mbuyisa (email@example.com)
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