Sotries from China: Doctor attacked for refusing drip

Doctor assaulted for refusing to put feverish child on IV drip

China’s unscientific obsession with IV infusions for every malady has been brought into focus by an assault on a doctor at a Shenzhen hospital. In a widely reported story, it was said that a family attacked a doctor at a Shenzhen children’s hospital when the doctor refused to arrange an IV infusion for a one year old child with a cold. The child had been brought into the hospital by his parents and was given oral medication after it was found to be feverish and diagnosed with a viral respiratory tract infection.

However, the family were not satisfied with the oral medication and went back to see the doctor to demand their child be given an ‘infusion’. When the doctor refused, the child’s father smacked him in the face several times until the doctor was bleeding from the mouth. The attack was only stopped after the intervention of security guards and nurses. The attacker was taken into police custody where he will remain for at least three days while his case is investigated.

Health insurance won’t work for floating population

China’s goal of providing universal national health insurance is being hampered by the huge ‘floating population’ of migrant workers, a report has found. While more than 90% of the population are now covered by some kind of medical insurance scheme, the reality is that China’s 240 million  ‘floating population’ cannot take advantage of their insurance because it is only valid in their home town or province.

This means that many migrant workers and their families from rural and regional areas face large medical bills that they cannot get any compensation for. IN some cases, floating workers will return home to take advantage of medical facilities where they can get some reimbursement, the report said. Integration of China medical insurance schemes is fraught with difficulty because different provinces and cities have different insurance schemes with different premiums and entitlements, the report notes. This means that local hospitals and health insurance schemes are unwilling to deal with ‘outside people’. The solution may be some kind of ‘national roaming’ scheme for health insurance, the report concludes.

Community HIV testing a hit

Rapid HIV testing is well accepted and detects many HIV positive people when offered by community clinics in China to high risk patient , a study has shown. In a trial of rapid HIV testing involving 42 sites community health centres in China, 23,609 patients underwent HIV testing. The positive screening prevalence was 0.41%, which is higher than in general hospitals (0.17%). Published in PLOS One, the study findings provide concrete evidence to support the involvement of community health clinics in the expansion of HIV/AIDS testing and case finding, said the researchers from the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing.

Hand foot and mouth disease surveyed

China’s largest ever study of hand, foot, and mouth disease has shown that it is most common in June in north China, whereas southern China has semiannual outbreaks in May and September. The review of seven million cases cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease showed the annual incidence was 1·2 per 1000 person-years, of which 2457 (0·03%) were fatal. The incidence and mortality were highest in children aged 12-23 months, according to the study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Hypertension more common among Mongolians

A study carried out in northern China has found that hypertension is more common among ethnic Mongolians. Mongolian and Han populations in northeast China. In a study of 4753 Mongolian people and 20,247 Han people, rates of newly diagnosed hypertension over a four year period were 12.64 per 100 person-years for Mongolians and 9.77 for Han. The rates of awareness of hypertension were low for both Mongolians (36.5%) and Han (42.3%) Likewise, rates of treatment (13.1% vs. 18.2%) and control of hypertension (0.7% vs. 1.3%),were low among both Mongolian and Han population, the study in PLOS One found.

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