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Hep-C hospital staff disciplined

HOSPITAL staff responsible for an east China dialysis clinic in which 19 renal patients are believed to have contracted hepatitis C have been disciplined, a local official said yesterday.

Liu Zhengwang, spokesman for the government of Huoshan County, Anhui Province, said an investigation group aided by experts from the Ministry of Health and the provincial health bureau had determined the infections occurred at the Houshan County Hospital.

He said Ye Yijun, director of the county hospital, had been removed from his post. Two deputy hospital heads and the nurses and staff responsible had received administrative penalties.

Liu said the hospital did not have separate dialysis rooms for infected patients, and poor management and disinfection measures had contributed to cross-infection.

The investigation showed nine of the 28 infected had contracted hepatitis C before receiving dialysis.

Liu said the county government closed the hospital's dialysis clinic on Wednesday for a 10-day overhaul, during which health experts would help staff redesign the clinic, regulate work procedures and train doctors and nurses.

Infected patients are to get free treatment and health checks for family members.

Fifty-seven renal patients are temporarily receiving dialysis in other hospitals.


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