Bulawayo Hospitals shamed over expired drugs

via Bulawayo Hospitals shamed over expired drugs | SW Radio Africa by Tererai Karimakwenda on Thursday, June 5, 2014

Management at three major Bulawayo hospitals have been shamed after a team of visiting legislators discovered millions of dollars worth of expired drugs in storage areas, along with unused equipment and supplies that are vital to medical treatment.

A group of MPs on the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care visited Ingutsheni Central Hospital, United Bulawayo Hospitals and Mpilo Central Hospital on a fact-finding mission and were reportedly “shocked” by the level of mismanagement of drugs, including life-saving Anti-Retrovirals (ARVs).

The Parliamentary Committee, chaired by Dr Ruth Labode, found large quantities of expired drugs, syringes and catheters being kept in storerooms at the hospitals, while patients are deprived of the donated supplies by staff who claim that there are shortages.

According to the government’s own Chronicle newspaper, the committee was even more shocked at UBH, where they found a pile of drugs that had allegedly been burned in an apparent effort to conceal evidence ahead of the visit. But the fire had not destroyed all the drugs, which included HIV medication in short supply.

“Our government at the present moment can’t buy drugs because of budget constraints and the few we receive from donors are being allowed to expire in these hospitals,” Dr. Labode is quoted as saying.

SW Radio Africa’s Bulawayo correspondent Lionel Saungweme, went to Mpilo Hospital and described what he saw as “deplorable”. He witnessed patients sleeping on beds with old, worn out blankets that did not fit the bed.

“Just imagine people have to bring in their own blankets because in this weather they need to be warm. When I visited one patient suffering from a kidney ailment, there wasn’t even any painkiller available,” Saungweme explained.

He added that the lack of proper management and care for the patients also lends credibility to reports that some of the medical drugs, donated by the European Union, are being sold on the black market.

The Chronicle quoted a nurse at UBH, speaking anonymously, who said: “But if truth be told, many drugs are being stolen and sold to private surgeries in town. So this is just a cover-up on the part of hospital bosses.”
The revelations come only a week after the CEO at Mpilo Hospital made headlines when it was revealed that he was spending $5,000 per month on a hired Mercedes Benz. It has now come to light that other senior chefs at Bulawayo hospitals are also driving top of the range vehicles, while their institutions lack basic resources.
The Chronicle said Dr Leonard Mabhande at Ingutsheni, Dr Lawrence Mantiziba at Mpilo and UBH’s Nonhlanhla Ndlovu, are all driving the expensive cars. Ndlovu and her directors are also reportedly getting cell phone allowances that total between $100 and $600 per month.
This fresh scandal is reminiscent of the recent “salary-gate” corruption cases, which exposed how senior managers at non-performing parastatals were earning exorbitant wages while ordinary workers went unpaid for months. To date, no-one has been prosecuted and more cases continue to be reported.

 

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    A corrupt people 7 years ago

    The drugs get to expire bcoz those who are tasked to dispense them DONT dispense them LYING THAT DRUGS ARE NOT AVAILABLE, but IF OFFERED A BRIBE, the drugs become available. BUT bcoz FEW CAN PAY THE BRIBES, the DRUGS END UP EXPIRING & ROTTING . . .

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      Petal 7 years ago

      Hear Hear hear “Corrupt People” Prosecute the scum bags

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      Petal 7 years ago

      so those you are dispensing them need to be prosecuted. what a heartless bunch of people at this hospital

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    A gentleman by the name of MIXED RACE said he goes and monitor what happens at the hospitals in Bulawayo and takes action. Let us hope he had a hand in this exposure. A gentleman called Straight shooter keeps talking tribal things. How his tribe is disadvantaged. Is he being tribalistic ? I am starting to doubt it. This is what a Government does to the citizens of Bulawayo? Either way Mixed race is quiet and straight shooter is making lots of noise.

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    JOHNSON 7 years ago

    WHO WILL WATCH THE WATCHER. IF THE TOP ECHELONS ARE ROTTEN CORRUPT, WHO CAN CONTROL THE LOWER RANKS. CORRUPTION IS A CANCER THAT HAS METASTASIZED. UNLESS THE PRESIDENT CRACKS THE WHIP. FOR NOW CORRUPTION IS VERY LEGAL TO THOSE WITH ACCESS.

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    Petal 7 years ago

    Does not come as a surprise the cancer unit was moved to Harare how can people from here find money to travel all the way when industries are shutting down and with the so called indigenisation why has the writer of this article not asked leading figures in the town to comment look at the surname again
    Why are people not prosecuted – lawlessness again

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    Petal 7 years ago

    He witnessed patients sleeping on beds with old, worn out blankets that did not fit the bed.- this has been going on for some years

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    Petal 7 years ago

    the drugs are sold to surgeries -surely the culprits should be brought to book and whoever is doing this at the hospital is pocketing the money. If the World Health Organisation WHO) knew of this it woudl freak out. surely the Minister of Health also needs to be questioned .

    Someone needs to report the matter to the World Health Organisation perhaps the Zimbabwe Human Rights Lawyers

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    Petal 7 years ago

    Can someone please put out an appeal for blankets for the hospital where patients have been asked to bring from home but it must be monitored maybe Eddie Cross and Mr. Coltart – those who are just intrested in pilfering should not be allowed to be included in the group
    Could SW please find out which surgery and name and shame the owner who is receiving the stolen drugs?

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    Petal 7 years ago

    There should also be a surgery where those that cannot afford to see a GP to access it to get free medical treatment and drugs – again it should not be monitored by thieving scum bags in the Ministry of Health of the bufoon government. am sure there are people ranging from young people to the elderly who would need such a service

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      Petal 7 years ago

      and this surgery should be open to ALL regardless of Race
      Keep the investigation alive Zimbabwe Situation