Nurses stop drug dispensation

Daniel Chida

Nurses will from today July 1st, 2023, cease dispensation of drugs in clinics and hospitals.

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According to a statement that has been issued by Botswana Nurses Union (BONU)’s National Publicity Secretary, Kenosi Mogorosi, titled, ‘Discontinuation of Dispensing of Medicines and Related Substances by Nurses’ it informs the Public and other stakeholders that effective from today all its members (nurses) will cease to practice dispensing of drugs and other related substances.

“This is in line with Medicines and related substances Act, 2013 which prohibits anyone to operate a dispensary or pharmacy without a license from the relevant authority.”

Mogorosi stated that the move to cease dispensation of drugs should not be misconstrued to be a strike and assured the public that nurses will continue to render comprehensive nursing care to the public in a professional and ethical way.

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“BONU also highlights that we held talks with the employer, DPSM and MOH, which did not bear any fruitful results. We therefore call upon all stakeholders and the public to support BONU in this to ensure patient safety and quality services as per the laws of Botswana,” he added.

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