HIV-transfusion hospital workers sacked

Case referred to Saudi Arabia judicial authorities

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

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  • Sherouk

    Feb 18, 2013 4:32

    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.

  • Aneesh

    Feb 18, 2013 1:39

    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.

  • Syed Kashif Ali

    Feb 18, 2013 1:32

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

  • Fajal Luckhman

    Feb 18, 2013 1:00

    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.

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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

18 February 2013 16:37 jump to comments