Bahrain vows action on hijacking of hospital
Manama, April 15, 2011
The hijackers of Bahrain's Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) will be held accountable for crippling medical services to serve subversive designs, the Premier vowed yesterday.
"Those who obliterated the noble identity of Salmaniya Medical Complex, distorted its lofty role and turned it into a base to foment terror and plots against the nation will not get away with it," His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa said.
He pledged there would be no impunity as he visited Bahrain's largest hospital.
The Premier said the health milestone was constructed to accomplish a humanitarian mission and provide medical and therapeutic services for citizens.
He deplored the fact that the perpetrators plotted to hijack this vital hub away from its noble mission and crippled its services. He described the act of sabotage as a stain sullying the humanitarian precepts on which the medical profession is based.
The Premier paid tribute to strong-willed loyal citizens for ensuring the hospital regained its normal role. "This hospital will continue its noble mission, providing services for citizens and residents," he said, vowing that an assault on the complex would never happen again.
He toured SMC wards and facilities and was assured about normal services. He was accompanied by BDF Commander-in-Chief Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.
He was welcomed on arrival by Minister of State for Defence Lieutenant-General Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa and Social Development Minister and acting Health Minister Dr Fatima Al Balooshi.
Present were Deputy Premier Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and the Premier's adviser Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.
The Premier held a meeting with SMC administrative and medical staff, stressing the government's support for their work. He also paid tribute to their dedication to the nation.
He stressed efforts to form a team of highly-qualified doctors and medical staff, and grant them scholarships to study and train at leading universities abroad. "It's deplorable that some were adamant on sullying the medical profession and stabbing in the back the country that ensured them top education and training," he said.
"Words are not enough to thank those who braved the adversity and worked in such circumstances, despite the obstacles, difficulties and harassment," the Premier said.
He stressed the government's resolve to upgrade the health sector, hailing co-operation between medical establishments, particularly SMC, BDF Hospital and King Hamad General Hospital. - TradeArabia News Service