30 Nov '11, 3am

An outbreak of hepatitis C in central China has been blamed on a private clinic that reused needles

Dirty needles at a private clinic have been blamed for an outbreak of hepatitis C among children in central China, underscoring the challenges of policing healthcare as clinics mushroom to meet growing demand. State media reported yesterday that the reuse of needles at the clinic in Henan province's Maqiao township, close to the border with Anhui province, spread hepatitis C to at least 13 people including many children. Health officials in Anhui said as many as 56 people may have been infected. Chinese-language People's Daily did not say whether the clinic in Henan has been shut down or whether anyone had been punished or arrested. China is promoting small-scale private hospitals and clinics as part of a health care overhaul that is meant make services available to more people and ease pressure on its badly overcrowded public hospitals. AP

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