Patients at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) have lamented that drugs purchased for their treatment are being stolen and resold by medical personnel. The patients are therefore, calling on the management of the hospital to come to their rescue. Investigation indicated that nurses are the perpetrators of the crime as some of them have turned to drug vendors, selling the stolen drugs at a cheaper rate 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. It was reported that patients’ drugs, especially diabetics, are usually exposed in a transparent rubber but there are no names written on the drugs to indicate that a particular drug belongs to patient A or B. It was gathered that the normal practice is that patients’ drugs are kept in a locker close to their beds, but in this circumstance, these expensive drugs are kept in transparent rubber and placed on a roller at the leg end of the patients bed, making it easy for the nurses to pilfer and then resell to the patients at a cheaper price when compared to the amount they go for at the pharmacy of the hospital.Some of the relatives of patients at the hospital has confirmed that this act of stealing of drugs by nurses had been going on for a long time. One of the relatives, who asked for anonymity, said when her mother was admitted for diabetes at the hospital, the doctor prescribed three- day drugs for her, which she bought. She, however, added that when she went the next day to visit her mother, the nurse attending to her for that day told her that she had to buy more drugs as the ones she bought was exhausted.“I became agitated because the prescription was for three days and I ensured I procured the drugs.
 

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