LASUTH Patients Allegedly Accuse Nurses of Stealing Their Drugs

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… NANNM Chairman says nurses are well paid

It was reported in some national dailies on Monday that patients of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospitals have allegedly charged nurses in the hospital for stealing and reselling their drugs to them.

Information gathered from the patients revealed that some of the nurses have unofficially converted themselves to drug vendors, by selling the stolen drugs from patients at cheaper rates to other patients. It was learnt that because the patients’ names are not written against the drugs, it makes it easier for the nurses to steal them.

In a reaction to this allegation, speaking with pharmanewsonline.com, lasuththe Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) Mr Awojide has said that the issue requires urgent investigation, as nurses are well paid than descending so low to the demeaning act of stealing patients’ drugs.

Awojide who disclosed his amazement at the development, expressed his disbelief in the allegation, calling for immediate inquiry into the case.”One thing is sure; there is urgent need for investigation into the issue, because both senior and junior nurses’ officers are well paid. I don’t believe any nurse can exhibit such heinous character”.

Awojide further emphasised on the need to correct a widespread misconception about nurses, saying that it is generally believed that all females in uniform in the hospitals are nurses, whereas it is not so. He said aside nurses; there are other staffs like clerks, social workers, and cleaners who wear uniform in the hospitals.

He therefore pleaded with the  patients to exercise some patient, that perpetrators of the evil act will be brought to book.

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