Saudi nurses responsible for viral baby violation video face penalties

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A video of a nurse squeezing a baby’s face while her colleagues laughed went viral in Saudi Arabia causing an emergency statement from the Minister of Health, Tawfik al-Rabie, where he announced the immediate withdrawal of their nursing licenses upon identification.

Al-Rabie added that they will be banned from practising as nurses in the health sector for compromising the dignity and safety of a newborn child.

The Health Affairs in Taif immediately designated a committee which began investigations to find out the hospital where the incident took place, and the names of the nurses in order to penalize them.

"The Health Affairs investigated the source of the video and was able to identify the nurses who appeared in the video and the hospital where the incident took place. The nurses were immediately suspended by the order of Director of Taif Health Affairs Saleh Al-Muanis,” al-Rabie told the Saudi Gazette.

Al-Muanis ordered that they cease from working immediately, and face the appropriate penalties.

The infant's father told the media that he was shocked to see his baby being abused in a video that was circulated on social media, the newspaper reported.

He said he admitted the baby to the hospital for 10 days due to a urinary tract infection.

He called on the Ministry of Health to take stiff action against not only the nurses who abused his baby, but also those who violated its right by circulating the video for public viewing, according to the Saudi Gazette.