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HIV-transfusion hospital workers sacked

Case referred to Saudi Arabia judicial authorities

  • By Habib Toumi Bureau chief
  • Published: 18:25 February 17, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Courtesy: Al Deerah News
  • Reham, 12, who suffers from sickle cell anaemia, was mistakenly given HIV-infected blood in Saudi Arabia.

Manama: Saudi Arabia’s health ministry has sacked the laboratory technician at the hospital where HIV-infected blood was given to a 12-year-old patient.

The ministry on Sunday said that it has also revoked the technician’s licence, news site Sabq reported.

The Jizan General Hospital manager, medical head, laboratory head and blood bank head were also sacked following the botched blood transfusion that has sparked wide condemnation and deep outrage in the Saudi kingdom.

Fines of 10,000 Saudi riyals (Dh9,778) were also imposed on the blood bank head and on the Aids programme coordinator.

The case was referred to the judicial authorities, the ministry said.

The country’s judicial authorities were also alerted about the donor of the contaminated blood.

Comments (4)

  1. Added 16:32 February 18, 2013

    So these hospitals take on any donors and they dont check the blood for viruses before its given to the blood bank for transfusion? What kind of world are they living in! All those medical staff didnt bother checking or thought of running some tests first. Unbelievable. Poor kid.

    Sherouk, Abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:39 February 18, 2013

    By utmost respect to the officials it is requested not to hire or employees without any background and supervision especially in the medical field. I agree upon giving jobs to the locals which they deserve for, but drastic expat layoffs would bring devastating results. MAY THE ALMIGHTY GIVE ENOUGH STRENGTH TO THE LITTLE ANGEL TO REGAIN HER HEALTH BACK AT A FAST PACE.

    Aneesh, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:32 February 18, 2013

    May ALLAH bless her with best of health. Ameen, sum ameen.

    Syed Kashif Ali, FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:00 February 18, 2013

    Sacking is not enough, how did someone's carelessness play with a kids life? Look at her, she is such a cute little girl.May Allah Bless her.

    Fajal Luckhman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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