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Preliminary investigation of the criminal case initiated on getting “Hepatitis C” by the patients in Qajaran Medical Center completed

19.11.2015 17:03

Preliminary investigation of the criminal case initiated on getting “Hepatitis C” by the patients in Qajaran Medical Center was completed in General Department of Investigation of Particularly Important Cases of RA Investigative Committee. The way of contracting the disease, as well as the circle of the persons responsible was found through investigation. Based on the obtained evidence charge was pressed against 5 persons.

In January, 2015 information was received telling that some citizens, who had turned to “Qajaran Medical Center” for medical assistance, got “Hepatitis C” after being operated or being subjected to medical intervention in the mentioned medical center.

A criminal case was initiated in the framework of which several investigatory actions were conducted, about 5 dozens of expertise were commissioned to find circumstances significant for the criminal case.

About 200 citizens who had been operated on in Qajaran medical center in 2014 were examined. Through investigation it was grounded that 14 citizens got “Hepatitis C” after receiving appropriate medical assistance in the mentioned medical center and a decision was made to find them an injured party.

Through preliminary investigation it was found that during 2014 in Qajaran medical center while performing operations through general anesthesia the disposable inner tracheal tubes, the aspirate tube had been used for numerous times, the mentioned medical instruments and “the laryngoscope” used during the operation through general anesthesia had been disinfected through breach of requirements of orders of RA Minister of Health. Other sanitary and epidemic breaches were found, as well. As a result, 14 citizens having been operated in the mentioned medical center in 2014 got “Hepatitis C”.

In the result of investigatory and procedural actions conducted in the framework of the criminal case the frame of persons responsible for the observance of sanitary and epidemic regulations was found.

On the base of sufficient evidence the ex-director of “Qajaran Medical Center” CJSC Vardan Avagyan, deputy director Virab Manasyan, general nurse Armeda Vanesyan, senior nurse Nora Karapetyan, doctor-anesthesiologist Yervand Avagyan were charged according to the Part 2 of the Article 277 of RA Criminal Code (Breach of sanitation and epidemic regulations which negligently caused mass diseases causing heavy damage to health).

The criminal case with the bill of indictment was sent to the prosecutor supervising the legality of preliminary investigation.

Note; Everyone charged with alleged crime offence shall be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.


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