Five patients infected with HIV after doctor reused needle used on HIV-positive patient

  • Five patients in a hospital in China were infected with HIV after a doctor re-used a needle used on a patient who is HIV-positive
  • The culprit is now under criminal investigation
  • Five officials of the hospital, including its president and the executive vice president, were sacked

At least five patients were infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) after a doctor at a Chinese hospital re-used a hypodermic needle used on a patient who is HIV-positive.

According to the South China Morning Post, five officials, including the president and the executive vice president of the Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a major public hospital in Hangzhou City, were sacked following the “serious medical incident.”

The culprit is now under criminal investigation, according to a government health official who described the incident as a “severe violation of procedure.”

In a statement, health authorities said those infected would receive treatment and compensation.

The incident caused renewed fears among Chinese people that lax medical practices and oversight contribute to the spread of the virus.

 

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