700 Pinoys affected by hospital closure in Jeddah

Posted at 11/20/2012 5:50 PM | Updated as of 11/21/2012 9:34 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Hundreds of Filipinos were affected with the order to shut down a private hospital due to a medical error that resulted in the death of a boy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

“There are about 700 employees. We are monitoring the situation. I have asked my labor attache to visit the workers yesterday,” said Consul General Norman Garibay.

The Filipinos are employed at the Dr. Erfan and Bagedo General Hospital in Jeddah. The Ministry of Health ordered the hospital to be closed for two months following the boy’s death.

The boy was given nitrogen instead of oxygen during a simple surgery. It was already too late when surgeons discovered the mistake.

Garibay said that Filipino workers will still be able to get their salaries.

“The hospital, as I understand it, has guaranteed that they will pay their salaries while the hospital staff is undergoing retraining, and reorientation,” he said.

Garibay assured the families of the affected Filipino workers that they are not out of jobs.

“They are going to be paid but they are not going to be working until the Ministry of Health has given the green light for the hospital to continue operations,” he said.