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Director of Egypt's Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital suspended over 'inappropriate pictures of patients'

Ahram Online , Tuesday 6 Feb 2018
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Egypt’s health ministry has ordered the suspension of the director of Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital, along with 11 nursing staff, over "taking inappropriate pictures of patients" inside the hospital.

In an official statement, the General Secretariat of Mental Health director Monan Abdel-Maqsoud said she ordered the suspension pending an urgent investigation into photographs of patients that violated their privacy and contravened a 2009 law prohibiting the publication of photographs of patients in the media.

Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital, the oldest psychiatric hospital in the country, is administered by the health ministry’s General Secretariat of Mental Health.

In other press statements, health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said that Health Minister Ahmed Emad El-Din Rady was following up on investigations into the incident, accentuating his keenness on the privacy of psychiatric patients and the protection of their rights.

Leaked photos showing alleged abuse of patients by the hospital's staff went viral on social media on Sunday, including photos of naked patients on the floor during what is believed to be shower time.

In press statements, Wafd Party MP Mohamed Fouad, a member of the House’s planning and budget committee, said he will present a report to parliament on detailed abuse of patients in the hospital, calling for those involved to be held legally accountable.

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