Via The Daily Star in Lebanon: Saudi hospital head sacked over MERS panic. Excerpt:
Saudi Arabia's acting health minister has announced the sacking of the head of a Jeddah hospital where a spike in MERS infections among medical staff sparked panic among the public.
The move, which Adel Fakieh announced on Twitter late Tuesday, came after he inspected King Fahd Hospital's emergency department in the Red Sea city.
The facility was temporarily shut last month after several medics were infected by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus.
Panic at the western city's main hospital prompted at least four doctors to resign after they refused to treat MERS patients for fear of infection.
On April 21, nearly a week after the resignations, Riyadh dismissed the kingdom's health minister without saying why, and appointed Labour Minister Fakieh as acting health minister.
Fakieh, who has repeatedly promised "transparency" over MERS, said he has replaced the head of King Fahd hospital and his assistants.
"The new team will immediately take up its duties," he wrote on Twitter, adding that "the ministry will take all decisive measures to achieve its goals in preserving the health of members of the society."