Update: Nurses apologize for insensitive peace sign photo

The three Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Hospital nurses who took a photo in front of the dead body of Police Sgt Nimit apologized yesterday for the photograph. 

The photo, which was taken in the hospital’s intensive-care unit, shows two of the nurses brandishing a “victory” or peace sign with their fingers. After the photo was circulated on social media, the nurses’ action came under for heavy public criticism for being inappropriate, insensitive and unethical.

Nimit was killed along with two fellow bomb-squad officers in a blast in Narathiwat on Monday.

Hospital director Chatchai Srinamwong confirmed that the photo was taken at the hospital and said an initial probe deemed the nurses’ action to have violated the patient’s rights. Hence they were guilty of professional misconduct. Insisting that the hospital staff were committed to their work, he said the nurses’ action stemmed from a lack of awareness of the situation.

Nurse Patsaroh Rodomasae, whose face was captured, said she had no intention of offending anyone, while nurse Nosira Doloh, whose hand gesture was captured, said they meant no offense but were merely trying to signify that they would “fight” by continuing to work in the region. Another nurse, Norisa Jehlae, who took the photo, said she was sorry and asked for forgiveness, the Nation reported.

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