Related News

Home » Nation

Doctors accused of false records

MEDICAL staff at hospital in central China are said to have fabricated case histories to conceal the actual number of hand-foot-mouth disease sufferers.

Children were seen lying on more than 60 beds on the second floor of the inpatient department of a hospital at Minquan County, Henan Province, according to a radio report. Beds with young patients could even be seen in the corridor, China National Radio's "Voice of China" said.

Most of them had the same symptoms - sores in their mouths and skin rashes with blisters on their hands and feet - all typical of hand-foot-mouth disease.

However, they had been variously diagnosed as having meningitis, upper respiratory infections, intracranial infections or intestinal infections by doctors at the Minquan People's Hospital and no symptoms related to hand-foot-mouth disease were mentioned in their case histories, according to the report.

Doctors told parents their children suffered mouth sores and meningitis, among other conditions, but never mentioned hand-foot-mouth, even when parents questioned them about the disease, according to some sick children's families.

Some doctors at the hospital said the mouth sores and skin rashes were not major symptoms.

The deputy director of Minquan's health bureau, Yang Zhanying, said only six or seven children were still in the hospital.

However, there were reports of 12 cases in one small village.

Children in a kindergarten at Xuzhuang Village were not at school and a teacher told China National Radio it was due to hand-foot-mouth disease.

A suspected case was reported before the Spring Festival. A two-year-old boy died after a high fever. He had sores in his mouth and skin rashes on his hands and feet.

A girl of the same age from the village later died in a children hospital in Kaifeng City, Henan Province, with the similar symptoms.

A task force had been sent to the area by the provincial health department.

People involved in any wrongdoing would face severe punishment if the reports were true, said the department's information office.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend