By Staff Reporter
A Regional Anti-Graft board has petitioned government to investigate allegations of negligence against Kwekwe General Hospital nurses.
Documents in possession of this publication which has been deposed to the Ministry of Health and Childcare are calling for investigations against the hospital.
“We wish to inform you that the Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa has received several reports of nurses sleeping on duty, especially all those who work during the night.
“These nurses have gained notoriety for ignoring clients. Nurse at Chinhoyi General Hospital and Kwekwe General Hospital have been implicated.
“This could be the microcosm of state of government hospitals throughout the country and hence the need for the management to closely monitor health service delivery in the country,” Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-SA) Director Obert Chinhamo wrote to the government in a letter dated 2 July.
The calls for investigations by the regional anti graft board are emanating from the death of a patient at Kwekwe Genera on the 29th of June 2019.
“It is alleged that the nurses on night duty refused and/neglected to administer a drug prescribed by the doctor form around 6:00 am on the 28th day of June 2019 until the child died at around 5:00 am on the 29th of June 2019. This was after 11 hours from the time the drug was bought and delivered to nurses at the hospital,” read the letter.
Alleged circumstances are that the mother of the now deceased invited the nurses to administer the drug three times but did not get any positive until the time of the patient’s death.
Before the tragedy ACTSA wrote that Vitalis Bhebhe the father of the now deceased and his wife Rumbidzai Madondo had visited Zibagwe Rural District Council clinic where they were immediately referred to Kwekwe General Hospital.
“They arrived at the hospital at around 11:00 am and told to wait for the doctor who turned up at around 4: 00 pm after 5 hours. The doctor prescribed medication which was not available at the hospital pharmacy. Mr. Bhebhe rushed to town where he brought the drug and handed it over at around 6:00 pm.
“Unfortunately, the nurses on duty refused/neglected to administer the drug until the child died 11 hours later. Mr. Bhebhe holds the opinion that the death of his son could have been avoided if he had been attended to earlier by the doctor as well as the drug which he bought administered upon being handed over to the hospital. Mr. Bhebhe is totally unhappy with health service delivery at the hospital,” the letter read.
Meanwhile, the father of the now deceased in his founding affidavit believed that his son, “would have recovered had it not been the negligence of medical staff at Kwekwe General Hospital.
“When I was told that my son had died before the administration of the medication after 11 hours from the time I brought medication, I had no choice but to conclude that his life would have been saved.
“In light of the above, I am deposing this affidavit registering my discontent and also calling upon the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, and relevant authorities to carry out investigation, bring the negligent nurses and doctors to book as well as put system to avoid a repeat of the negligence that caused the death of my son,” Bhebhe said in his affidavit.