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MBABANE – If you are in a critical condition and want help, you will not get it at the Mbabane Government Hospital.

This is due to the shortage of vital drugs and working equipment, which could result in the death of some of the patients.
The Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) unit at the hospital has also run out of Unigold Testing Kits, which are used to confirm an HIV positive status. Such is a huge blow following the rolling out of HIV Self Test Kits.
As a result, patients who want to test for HIV cannot do so, due to the unavailability of this key equipment.

Also, over 10 drugs are not available at the hospital, making it difficult for the nurses to execute their duties.
All this is happening at a time when government is facing serious financial challenges.
It was established from sources that the crisis within the health sector was due to the financial catastrophe faced by government.
As such, suppliers of certain drugs have not been paid.

Nurses are finding it difficult to give proper treatment to seriously ill patients, due to the non-availability of what is known as the intravenous IV cannular, which is a tube used to put medicines or fluids straight into the blood system.
The nurses mentioned that the absence of this equipment also makes it impossible for them to administer blood transfusion.
“It’s a serious matter. Patients will die if these issues are not addressed,” some of the nurses said.


The health practitioners yesterday entered the second day of their picket over the shortage of the drugs and certain equipment.
They are adamant that they will continue with the picket until the situation is normalised at the hospital.

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