Militarized hospitals in Bahrain dictatorship


This video from the USA says about itself:

Physicians For Human Rights director Richard Soloman calling on Obama to speak out forcefully on the dire situation in Bahrain. His report is entitled “And Do No Harm“.

The American Medical Association is also asking Obama to take actiion.

From the New York Times in the USA:

Secret Clinics Tend to Bahrain’s Wounded

MANAMA, Bahrain — Three young men were slumped on a living room mat, groaning with pain from nuggets of birdshot lodged in a cheek, a forehead and under the lid of an eye.

Bahrain’s nightly protests had exacted their reliable toll.

Friends dragged the men away from the clashes and the riot police, to a safe house nearby. Soon, it was time to go, but not to a hospital: the police were there, too. “No one goes to the hospital,” one protester said.

Instead, the men traveled to one of dozens of houses that are scattered throughout this island nation, where a secret and growing network of caregivers — doctors, first-aid medics or people with no medical experience at all — wait daily for the casualties from the protests. The houses are not really field hospitals, but rather sitting rooms, often equipped with nothing more than bandages and gauze.

For the injured protesters, the houses have replaced the country’s largest public hospital, the Salmaniya Medical Complex, which has been a crucial site in the conflict between Bahrain’s ruling monarchy and its opponents since the beginning of a popular uprising in February 2011. Activists say that because of a heavy security presence at the hospital, protesters — or people fearful of being associated with Bahrain’s opposition — have been afraid to venture there for more than a year. That reluctance, officials and activists say, may be responsible for several deaths.

Last spring, the hospital became a symbol of the state’s repression, as the government arrested — and in some cases tortured — protesters, doctors and nurses for their involvement with the uprising. As its problems persist, Salmaniya has come to represent Bahrain’s dangerous impasse, marked by a growing rift between the country’s Shiite majority, which has long complained of official discrimination, and the Sunni political elite.

The authorities continue to prosecute Shiite doctors who worked at the hospital on charges including plotting to overthrow the government. Some of the doctors say their arrests represented a purge of Shiites, allowing the government to replace them with Sunni loyalists.

A report released Monday by Physicians for Human Rights says some of the current problems at Salmaniya stem from the conduct of security forces in the hospital and at its gates. People interviewed by the group said guards stopped arriving cars and questioned the passengers. They asked what village they were from, a way of telling whether someone was Shiite or Sunni.

People with physical injuries, including those possibly related to the impact of tear-gas canisters, are brought inside for additional interrogation. The report said that the hospital’s chief executive, Dr. Waleed Khalifa al-Manea, had urged the Interior Ministry, which oversees security at Salmaniya, to stop the practice.

A 27-year-old woman said fears about the hospital, which she called “militarized,” drove her to take a first-aid class to help the protesters in her village and elsewhere. The woman, who asked not to be identified because she feared reprisal, said the course, held in secret over four days in a Shiite community center, was taught by a doctor who was arrested at the Salmaniya hospital in the spring. Thirty-seven other people also attended, including a few grandmothers, she said, adding that hundreds of people had taken the course.

Terror Rules at Bahrain’s Hospitals: here.

Bahrain arrests critical journalist: here.

BAHRAIN: Call for immediate release of Al-Khawaja and all others detained human rights defenders: here.

Bahraini & Saudi authorities violating Bahraini students’ rights: travel ban, new expulsion from study and sham trials: here.

Bahrain Live Coverage: Activist Zainab Alkhawaja Gets 1-Month Sentence: here.

Bahrain Special: Preaching Religious Tolerance, Practicing Religious Discrimination: here.

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28 thoughts on “Militarized hospitals in Bahrain dictatorship

  1. Bahraini opposition flays govt crackdown

    Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2012-05-26 06:13

    Al-Wefaq says 30 places of worship — including 16 mosques — have been destroyed since martial law was declared last month.
    A statement Saturday said the government has no legal justification for attacks on places of worship and suggests that the destruction is a punishment for weeks of anti-government protest.
    The demolition is likely to further inflame sectarian tensions in the island kingdom, the home of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.
    Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states sent troops to Bahrain to help the ruling dynasty contain the unrest.
    Meanwhile, hundreds of followers of an Iraqi party gathered Saturday in Baghdad in a show of solidarity for anti-government protesters in Bahrain.
    The demonstration in central Khilani Square, organized by the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council or SIIC, one of the main Iraqi parties, demanded that the Bahraini government stop the crackdown against protesters and that the foreign troops leave.
    “We strongly denounce the double standard in the stance of world and the regional countries on the presence of invading forces in Bahrain,” Hadi Al-Amiri, a top official of the SIIC, told the demonstrators referring to forces of Gulf states in Bahrain.

    http://arabnews.com/node/375354

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  21. http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=365499

    Indian doctors spurn job offers

    Posted on » Sunday, November 24, 2013

    MANAMA: Bahrain has failed in its efforts to recruit Indian doctors to work in its hospitals.

    Indian physicians have turned down work opportunities, although offered the same salaries as their Bahraini counterparts – plus other allowances provided for foreigners.

    Bahrain Medical Society chairwoman Dr Maha Al Kawari considered the setback a wake-up call, and revealed the plight of low-paid Bahraini doctors.

    “Qatari and UAE doctors are paid three times more than Bahraini physicians”, she said.

    She urged competent authorities to increase doctors’ salaries and improve working environments to ensure better medical services at hospitals and health centres.

    The association had submitted proposals to the parliament and the Civil Service Bureau asking for a 50 per cent rise for doctors in addition a 30pc danger allowance.

    The association called for competent authorities to grant doctors a monthly “clinic allowance” worth BD2,000 – in addition to a monthly BD1,000 allowance for consultants.

    Dr Maha outlined other demands, including the calculation of overtime on the basis of 80pc, 90pc and 100pc for grades P8, P9 and P10 respectively.

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  23. Experts sound cancer alert

    By FRANCES LEATE , Posted on » Saturday, February 08, 2014

    EXPERTS in Bahrain are bracing themselves for a major increase in cancer cases in the next 10 years.

    An average of 500 people are diagnosed with the disease every year, according to the latest figures.

    But the numbers are expected to grow significantly as detection rates improve due to technological advancements and unhealthy lifestyles.

    It has prompted a call for Bahrain to create new laws to prepare for increasing cancer cases, as well as more screening programmes and awareness campaigns.

    Salmaniya Medical Complex hereditary diseases and tumours department chief Dr Fareed Khalifa, who released the figures, said despite the high figures cancer rates in Bahrain were about average for the Gulf.

    “We can’t reduce the number of people getting cancer in Bahrain, unfortunately the numbers are only going to increase over the next 10 years, but we can promote awareness and the early detection of these cancers which will improve people’s chances of surviving the disease,” he said.

    Dr Khalifa said he would like to see more screening programmes but stressed people needed to be educated about the importance of attending screenings to detect cancer.

    Screening

    In 2005 the Health Ministry sent out 1,000 invitations to women for free breast screening, but only 27 per cent attended.

    “We have to educate people first and this needs to be done through the media in order to make them aware of the importance of such screenings,” he said.

    The most common cancer affecting women in Bahrain is breast cancer, followed by cervical cancer.

    For every 100,000 women living in the GCC, 70 women will get breast cancer.

    In men it is bowel cancer followed by lung cancer.

    Dr Khalifa said he expected to see the numbers of people being diagnosed with cancer increase in the next 10 years as unhealthy lifestyle choices grow in popularity.

    “As the western world starts to impose more laws and regulations regarding tobacco and promotes healthy lifestyles more, it is expected to decrease in that part of the world, but in Third World countries like Bahrain, these laws have not yet been introduced so it will increase,” he added.

    Dr Abdulrahman Fakhro, from the Bahrain Cancer Society, said the government needed to ensure there were enough medical professionals and facilities to cope with the expected increase in cancer patients.

    “The number of people with cancer is increasing and there will be 14 million cases worldwide in 2015,” he said.

    “The causes of cancers are still not known but a number of risk factors have been identified and this is why we need awareness campaigns to educate people about the dangers of things like smoking and not allow advertisements for smoking or alcoholic drinks.

    “We are fully aware that cancer has become fully prevalent and in Bahrain we need oncology departments with specialist medical staff and the facilities to deal with this.”

    The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) cancer agency has warned there will be 22m new cases of cancer every year within the next two decades. In 2010, a WHO report showed that 12pc of all deaths from a population of around 1,261,835 in Bahrain were caused by cancer. frances@gdn.com.bh

    http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=370169

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  25. Bahrain’s medical staff shortage puts ‘lives at risk’

    Manama, 4 hours, 6 minutes ago

    Understaffing at Bahrain’s main hospital is putting the lives of pregnant women and their unborn children at risk, according to campaigners.

    They said doctors often work for more than 20 hours without breaks, warning it could lead to fatal errors, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

    It comes after the Bahrain Medical Society (BMS) received a letter from a group of doctors, who claim they work extended hours to treat hundreds of pregnant women at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) obstetrics and gynaecology department and Jidhafs Maternity Hospital.

    “Two doctors working at the Jidhafs Maternity Hospital informed us they were working between 17 and 32 hours without proper breaks,” said BMS president Dr Maha Al Kawari.

    “This is against their rights and they are under tremendous pressure to do their job and we can expect medical errors because of their condition.”

    Dr Al Kawari said the department receives 150 cases daily, including those referred from health centres and private hospitals.

    It also deals with around 30 cases related to pregnancy complications.

    “This is the main hospital in the country that receives referral cases from all the health centres in the five governorates,” she said.

    “This department is understaffed by 50 per cent, which means medics are in a rush to clear the cases.

    “Female doctors or staff working in the department also avail the maternity leave or breast feeding hours, which leaves behind only few doctors supervising hundreds of patients.

    “There are also cases of early pregnancy, abortion and other complications such as sickle cell anaemia that has to be treated carefully.”

    She said the doctors have also sent the letter to the Health Ministry.

    “We request the ministry to make some arrangements immediately to handle this staff crisis, which gradually will affect patients,” she added.

    “We do not want any medical errors, but these doctors are expected to do it because of their working condition.”

    Health Ministry officials were unavailable for comment when contacted by the GDN yesterday. – TradeArabia News Service

    http://www.tradearabia.com/news/HEAL_252639.html

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