A 13-year-old Saudi girl suffering from anemia was infected with AIDS after receiving contaminated blood at a government hospital in the Gulf Kingdom, triggering public furor and calls for action against the hospital.
The hospital in the southern province of Jazan admitted it was an error by one of its technicians and apologized to the girl’s family but the Ministry of Health decided to send its inspectors to investigate the case and identify those responsible.
The hospital said the technician made a mistake when he transferred blood to the girl from a donor infected with the Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome. The hospital management said it had urgently sent the girl to King Fahd specialized hospital.
“The Ministry of Health decided to send a team to the Jazan General Hospital to investigate the case…those found responsible will be severely punished,” the Ministry said in a statement carried by Saudi newspapers on Thursday.
Newspaper said the incident had triggered a wave of public protests by social networks users, who called for immediate action against that hospital.