The Court of First Instance in Rabat has released two nurses arrested after the death of a newborn in Orangers Maternity Hospital on December 17.
Rabat – At the nurses’ fifth hearing this week, the court decided to temporarily release the nurses on bail of MAD 6,000. The nurses had spent nearly four weeks in prison, since December 20, on charges of negligence and premeditated murder.
The Moroccan Association of Nursing Sciences and Sanitary Techniques noted that the nurses had been working in “the absence of specialists, pediatrician or pharmacist, and amid a severe shortage of human resources in the hospital.”
The nurses’ arrest came amid allegations that the newborn’s death and the deterioration of the health of five other babies were caused by “poor vaccine quality.”
The nurses’ friends and family shared videos of their release on social media, although they had hoped for them to be released on New Year’s.
However, the nurses association announced in a Facebook post on Monday that the nurses’ final release is still pending.
Last month at the House of Representatives, Morocco’s health minister, Anas Doukkali, denied that a vaccine was to blame for the newborn’s death.
Based on investigations into the infants’ care, Doukkali confirmed that the maternity hospital uses the same vaccine as all other hospitals in Morocco, and there were no other complications recorded.
Doukkali said that the medical staff at the hospital were quick to react and immediately transfer the infants to the hospital’s intensive care unit. The infants reportedly experienced breathing problems.