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Theft grinds hospital ops to a halt: Essential drugs classified as dangerous stolen

NEARLY 400 doses of sedative drugs — pethidine and morphine — were stolen from the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) on Monday, a development that has forced patients to source their own.


Both drugs are classified as dangerous and every dose should be signed for by a registered medical practitioner before being administered as continued use can lead to an addiction.


Thieves who broke into the pharmacy in what could be an inside job, also got away with records where practitioners account for use of pethidine.


In a seemingly well-choregraphed operation, the thieves first disabled CCTV cameras before breaking in and the theft was discovered on Monday. They also stole a laptop and a Microsoft tablet from the UBH pharmacy.

Bulawayo police provincial spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident yesterday and said investigations were in progress.


“I confirm we received a report of theft of an HP monitor and CPU, one laptop and a Microsoft tablet at UBH. Some days later the same informant reported that about 370 doses of morphine drugs were stolen. Investigations are in progress,” said Insp Ncube.

UBH chief executive officer Dr Narcissus Dzvanga confirmed the incident and said police were investigating.


A UBH staffer who spoke on condition of anonymity said the suspects destroyed the surveillance cameras before grabbing the stash.

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