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Saudi Arabia orders health system investigation

Poor hygiene standards blamed for an outbreak of MERS at a Jeddah hospital

Saudi Arabia orders health system investigation

Saudi Arabia’s acting health minister has ordered a detailed report into the standards of the kingdom’s hospitals and health centres, five months after poor hygiene standards were blamed for an outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) at a Jeddah hospital, according to Arab News.

The emergency department at King Fahd Hospital was closed for about a week in April after 11 MERS cases, including two health workers, were confirmed. The entire department had to be cleared out and sterilised.

The then-health minister was sacked and temporarily replaced by Adel Fakeih.

On Sunday, Fakeih said a research team of Saudi and Swedish experts had been established to determine shortcomings in the kingdom’s health system.

Staff from Saudi firm ERAMS and Sweden’s Veriday would interview healthcare workers, patients and visitors over a period of 10 days.

It was not reported whether the report would be made public.

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