Lebanon News

Tripoli hospital denies blame in infant’s death

A general view of Tripoli coastal line, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: A state hospital in the northern city of Tripoli denied Monday media reports that it was to blame for the death of an infant who suffered a severe respiratory illness.

Media reports said Monday that 18-month-old Mustafa Farouq Dawwash died after the Tripoli state hospital refused to treat him, claiming there were no vacant beds at the facility. Other reports said the hospital turned the relatives away for not being able to pay medical fees.

“Media reports said a child died at the doors of the state hospital in Qibbeh, Tripoli, after the hospital refused to receive him because his parents could not pay the necessary fees,” the hospital said in a statement.

“Such reports are inaccurate: the child arrived at the hospital's Emergency Room and was receiving treatment without asking his parents for money but the child died,” the statement added.

The National News Agency said earlier that security forces were investigating the case.

The director of the hospital, Naser Adra told the Voice of Lebanon earlier that a medical examiner would issue a report later to verify the cause of death.





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