Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Bahrain: Medical Complex Reports Missing Medicine, Suspects Foul Play to Fabricate Violence During Protests

Gulf Daily News reports that a large stash of medical supplies from Bahrain's Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) has gone missing. The Medical Complex had been used as an operations center for the political opposition groups during the recent protests.

According to the recent Gulf Daily News report, "More than 5,000 vials of drugs and other medicine went missing from Bahrain's main hospital during a siege by anti-government protesters."

During the protester's siege, the medical complex was one of many places affected. Protesters also blocked off major highways and government buildings and caused the shutdown of Bahrain's financial harbor.

The publication notes that the drugs and other medicine "were allegedly taken from Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) by demonstrators who used them to simulate the symptoms of exposure to nerve gas."

Health Ministry Arab Board training coordinator Dr. Nabeel Ansari said that certain individuals utilized the pharmaceuticals to fabricate violence. "Patients took the drugs so they could claim the chemical agent was being used by Bahrain's security forces," Dr. Ansari said.

According to an accident and emergency department consultant at the Salmaniya Medical Complex, the medical heist was part of a opposition campaign aimed at distributing falsified information about events on the ground in Bahrain to the international media.

SOURCE Gulf Daily News