JEDDAH: MD AL-SULAMI
Sunday 23 September 2012
Last Update 23 September 2012 2:16 am
The Health Department has closed down a number of private clinics and medical centers in Jeddah for violation of norms. The closure decision came after an inspection committee formed by the department of licensing filed its recommendations to Sami Badawood, the health affairs director in Jeddah.
The committee advised an investigation against staff responsible for the violations and imposed fines on them.
“We will not tolerate any violations in private health centers. We are working to prevent any violation no matter how small,” said Badawood.
The inspection committee said it found some clinics employing doctors, technicians and workers who don't carry licenses. The inspectors found that some clinics don't safely dispose of medical waste while others don't possess sterilizing equipment. The committee also found that some labs in private clinics conduct laboratory tests that should only be conducted by specialized control authorities.
Tariq Banjar, head of the inspecting committee, said the inspection campaign that began in Ramadan will continue until such violations are eradicated and prevented from happening in the future.
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