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Maputo Central Hospital has registered a surge in thefts from both patients and those accompanying them recently. There are reports of vehicles being vandalised and hospital equipment stolen.
Hermenegildo has a relative in the hospital and is very concerned about the phenomenon. The hospital should be a place of healing, he says, not an easy target for thieves.
Cars are being vandalised, and equipment, medicines and food stolen. Even an ISCISA teacher is among the victims.
Hundreds of security guards supposedly on the look-out for thieves have proved ineffective and the scourge of thievery, which a criminal psychologist describes as deviant behaviour on the rampage because of the inherent vulnerability of the place.
Alarm bells at the hospital have caused police in Maputo to condemn those responsible and demand strategies to combat the phenomenon.
Maputo’s 1,200-bed central hospital currently has more than 4,000 workers and about 100 combined internal and external security personnel.
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