Solomon Islands Hospitals Short On Painkiller Drug

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Medical staff allegedly limited in duties amidst Pethidine shortage

By Moffat Mamu

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Dec. 24, 2013) – The Solomon Islands, through its main hospitals, is reportedly experiencing a shortage in painkiller known as Pethidine.

Sources close to the Solomon Star said the pain reliever has been out of stock for some time now which restricted nurses and doctors from carrying out some of their operations.

According to medical dictionary this particular medication is used to treat moderate to severe pain.

"It works on the nerves and brain to reduce the pain you feel. It is particularly useful for treating pain associated with child birth and can also be used to ease pain before, during and after an operation."

At the main Gizo hospital, the shortage of the painkiller is being experienced, according to reports reaching the paper.

Last week a mother who visited the dental clinic at Gizo to have her teeth fixed was unable to do so after she was told that there are no painkillers.

She told the paper from Gizo over the weekend that as result nurses and doctors there could not pull out her aching teeth.

She was given another medication to reduce pain and infection while waiting for the pain reliever to arrive before an operation can be conducted.

"I was told to visit the hospital next week once the painkillers arrive," she told the paper while referring to what the nurses had told her.

However the source doubts that painkiller will be available at the Gizo hospital next week.

"This is because at the National Referral Hospital similar shortage is being experienced for sometimes now," the source said.

Attempts to get comments from the national medical store or the pharmacy yesterday proved unsuccessful.

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