Nurses at Swaziland’s premier public hospital are to picket every lunch time to draw attention to medical shortages.
They are angry at the lack of drugs and other supplies at the Mbabane Government Hospital.
From Monday (16 May 2011) they will picket daily until the situation is resolved.
Nurses have also written to the hospital management to about the issue.
They say at times they have to run around looking for materials to work with because there was none at the hospital storeroom. Last week it was reported that there were no bandages and some patients were left alone to bleed.
‘They also feel that the unavailability of the drugs and medical supplies have exposed them to a lot of infections mainly because all the sick people were being referred to the hospital,’ one nurse told the Swazi Observer newspaper.
‘Nurses have had it tough in the past few months even basic materials for a hospital were lacking, but they were expected to deliver. They tried sharing, but it came to a point where there was nothing to share within the wards,’ the nurse said.
KING PARTIES AS SICK GO UNTREATED