Bahrain: Claims of Infection in Salmaniya Medical Complex False

No "Salmaniya Germ", say hospital authorities
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The Ministry of Health has yesterday refuted claims alleging that Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) is infected. “There is no so-called Salmaniya germ”, said Infectious Diseases Consultant and Head of Infection Control Dr. Safa Al-Khawaja.

“The germs found at the Salmaniya Medical Complex are commonly found at the same rates all over the world”, she said, stressing the ministry’s drive to  monitor hospitals to ensure the lowest risks of infection for patients, staff and visitors.

Dr. Al-Khawaja stressed the need to communicate with official authorities, pointing out that the SMC Infection Control Programme was set up based on the standards and protocols recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO-Core component) and the GCC committee’s recommendations.

“The WHO representatives, who praised the ministry’s efforts, recommended a reassessment of the procedures every five years”, she said, announcing that upcoming re-evaluation would be undertaken in 2021.


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