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Saudi hospital boss sacked over cockroaches claims he is 'scapegoat'

Former director of a Jeddah hospital says the Health Ministry had ignored his warning that a ward was infested

Saudi hospital boss sacked over cockroaches claims he is 'scapegoat'

The sacked head of a hospital in Jeddah has reportedly claimed he was used as a scapegoat.

Authorities said earlier this week Hammad Shogaa was fired as director of King Fahd Hospital because of a cockroach infestation.

But Shogaa told local media the cockroaches had been there for 15 years and he had alerted the Health Ministry five months ago.

He said ministry officials ignored his request for patients to be transferred to a non-infested ward, but after a video showing the cockroaches went viral on social media he was made a scapegoat and fired.

In a complaint letter to the ministry, Shogaa said he was worked for the ministry for 31 years and had seven medical qualifications Saudi Arabia, Britain and Canada, and was “well known for his experience, knowledge, loyalty, sincerity, success and devotion to his work”.

Patients had since been transferred from the infested ward to other hospitals in Jeddah, Arab News reported.

A ministry investigation had found the room where the cockroaches were filmed had been closed for two weeks but was reopened due to a shortage of beds, the daily said.

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