JEDDAH – The manager of King Abdulaziz Hospital has denied that the “foul stench” pervading the facility is emanating from corpses and body parts in the flooded basement morgue of the hospital.
According to Osama Bin Mohammed Al-Reis, the rumors concerning the source of the odors originated with a member of staff at the unit’s pharmacy.
“It is not true,” Al-Reis said. “What happened was that some corpses and body parts fell from shelves inside their refrigerators due to flooding in the building and the electricity cut, but they did not leave them.”
Al-Reis did not say, however, what the cause of the smell was.
Flood damage at the hospital, according to Al-Reis, had led to nine-day repair works costing SR190 million to allow the complete return to work and readmission of patients.
“The floods and rain put a halt to the hospitals’ activities for two consecutive days, forcing us to transfer people to other hospitals,” Al-Reis said. – Okaz/SG