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Girl's death blamed on unlicensed clinic

A MAN was detained for opening a medical clinic without a license in Putuo District, police said yesterday.

The man, Wang Jijun, was caught after a one-year-old girl died on Tuesday due to delayed and improper treatment at the clinic.

Wang, 39, from Anhui Province, graduated from a medical school and acquired the license of pharmacist years ago but did not have a doctor's license, police said.

The baby girl, also from Anhui Province, was sent by her parents to Wang's clinic on Tongchuan Road on Tuesday afternoon.

The girl was diagnosed with acute tracheitis, police said.

But the girl couldn't breathe properly and the clinic lacked a respirator, therefore she had to be sent to a nearby hospital.

However, she was pronounced dead at the hospital as the best time for emergency treatment had past, officers said.

Officers soon took away Wang, who lived in the clinic.

Police said Wang came to Shanghai in 2007.

They said he had been performing illegal medical practices since then. He had been using the Tongchuan Road clinic for the past month.

So far no other malpractice cases were reported in the area, police said.

Reacting to similar cases, the Shanghai government began a campaign targeting illegal medical practices late last year. By the end of last year, about 40 illegal doctors had been caught by health supervision agencies.

At the same time, medical workers who seriously harm patients by giving the wrong medicine, transfusing the wrong type of blood or doing surgery on the wrong body part face losing their professional license.


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