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Health Ministry, ex-MP feud over postnatal deaths

BEIRUT: The Health Ministry and a former MP traded charges Friday over misleading the public, in the wake of a reported scandal over the postnatal deaths of eight women.

Former Baalbek-Hermel MP Ismail Sukkarieh accused the ministry of falsifying facts and misleading the public in the case of the women’s deaths.

In a statement issued by his office, he said “there is a group of women who died in similar conditions and the ministry didn’t investigate this case until now,” urging the ministry to “explain to the public the reason behind these deaths, whether they were due to the doctors, the hospitals or the medicine.”

“Is the ministry checking on medicines according to the laws instead of threatening us with prosecution, which I eagerly await?” he asked.

The ministry issued a statement later in the day, saying: “It seems the former MP is determined to attract the attention of the public through negative acts.” It added: “Our role in the ministry is to protect people and their health, that’s what we are doing.”

The ministry said: “Scientific logic will be the judge between the two parties, especially when contradictions in the accusations of Sukkarieh become clear to everyone.”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 06, 2013, on page 3.




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