A nurse who was caught physically abusing an infant at Saudi Arabia’s Abu Arish General Hospital has been fired after authorities found out what she had done.
A video of the incident was circulated on a Saudi news Twitter account with the handle on 25 June.
The incident has sparked outrage among concerned viewers who are shocked at the nurse’s behavior. In the video, she is feeding a newborn baby. While feeding her, she is seen clearly pushing the child around and shaking it in its carrier. The video has been shot by people who were standing outside the ward and were shocked at seeing the nurse’s harsh treatment of the child.
As soon as the hospital found out what had been happening, they took strict action. The nurse handling the child was fired for her misconduct. While speaking to Sabq, the officials from the hospital said that they had suspended the nurse immediately after finding out about her actions through the video. They said what she had done was unacceptable given the fact that they had put the newborn baby’s life and health at risk.
@News_Brk24 released information regarding the status of the nurse at the hospital, the translated headline of which reads, “Administration of Abu Arish Hospital in Jazan stopped the nurse, who appeared with a video that molest the child; and announce the signing of the most severe penalties and terminate the contract immediately.”
The footage drew several shocked reactions from viewers who could not believe how harsh a nurse was being towards a baby. They took to Twitter to share their thoughts. Many even blamed the Ministry of Health for their policies, emphasizing the trickle-down effect that allowed such negligence to take place. Others felt that the woman’s punishment was not severe enough and should have been harsher.
This is not the first time that Saudi authorities have had to take action against nurses that behave inappropriately towards young children. Earlier this year, Saudi authorities in Al taif governorate suspended nurses that abused a newborn. This instance of abuse also came to official attention after a video of the incident went viral on Twitter.
Watch the full video of the incident below: