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Zimbabwe's United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) group has announced the indefinite cancellation of elective surgical operations as a result of the lack of a sedative drug, pethidine.

In a memorandum addressed to the hospitals' surgeons, UBH Clinical Director Dr Narcius Dzvanga advised the medical experts that elective surgery had to be immediately suspended because of shortages of the sedative drug.

Pethidine is a pain relieving drug which is used in emergency department and post-surgery stages of health care chain.

"Please be advised that the hospitals are facing challenges in obtaining pethidine. This is a shortage in the country not just at United Bulawayo Hospitals. As such, all elective surgery cases are suspended with immediate effect from 14 October 2016 until further notice," he added.

Elective surgery is when a patient chooses to be operated in a matter that is not life-threatening to avoid pain or complications in future.

UBH is the second major hospital group in the country to suspend crucial surgeries. In September, the Harare Central Hospital also suspended surgeries.

Zimbabwe has been battling with an economic downturn and the health sector has not been spared.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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