6 March 2019
There has been an acute shortage of specific pain management drugs prescribed mostly to women who undergo C-Section surgery, a bank official has said.
Speaking at a drugs handover ceremony yesterday at Harare Central Hospital, Stanbic Bank head of marketing and communications, Palmer Mugavha said many mothers undergo a lot of pain because of shortage of correct medication in stock.
The bank donated morphine, diclofenac, tramol and varistan drugs.
“I understand the pain of child birth more via C-Section and it was unimaginable what many mothers have had to endure without correct medication.
“Imagine the difficulty for hospital staff to watch helplessly as patients as parents suffer in pain,” he said.
Mugavha said the decision for Stanbic management was not entirely a difficult one since thousands of expecting mothers used their institution.
“In response to this request, we are handing over drugs to the hospital to make patients’ recovery more comfortable than the current situation,” he said.
“Our decision for this intervention was exceptional, to allow government through the Ministry of Health (and Child Care) to have some breathing time as they put together sustainable channels of medication supplies, so that hospitals like this (one) do not run out again.”
Mugavha said Stanbic will help resuscitate the other operation theatre since there is only one functioning theatre due to equipment breakdown.
“During our engagements with the hospital regarding this request, we also learnt that the maternity wing has two operating theatres and only one is functioning.
“This has resulted in expectant mothers queuing to deliver their babies in the one functional theatre,” he said.
Harare Central Hospital Acting Clinical Director, Dr Hopewell Mungani was grateful for Stanbic Bank’s initiative.
“This donation has helped us to achieve more at this Harare Central Hospital and we are so grateful.
“The economic situation hasn’t been good lately and we have found ourselves having to require assistance from donor community like what Stanbic did, we are really thankful,” he said.