Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Baby formula illegal marketing | Rural insurance scheme | Dengue fever warning scheme | Shigella resistance

Infant formula manufacturers are defying codes of practice to defeat efforts to encourage Chinese women to breastfeed. A study of almost 300 new mothers in Beijing found that 40% reported receiving free formula samples in or near the maternity hospital an 69% fed their infant with commercial formula. Among  stores surveyed, 46% were found promoting products in a way that violates the International Code of Marketing Breast-Milk Substitutes.
 
The rural New Cooperative Medical Scheme has reduced the prevalence of households falling into poverty with catastrophic health expenditure due to out-of-pocket medical fee payment, a study shows. However, the scheme is still failing to prevent households being afflicted with high medical expenses and there is a need for provisions to be widened while also reining in abuse and overservicing by health providers.
 
Two men with a grudge terrorised medical staff at Xinhua Hospital for three years because they claimed the hospital misdiagnosed one of the men's son in 2011. The two men were arrested after they blocked the hospital entrance with their scooters, fired water pistols at medical staff and struck a doctor with an electric stun baton.

An Anhui police officer has been sacked for refusing to drive a dying infant boy to hospital after he was injured in a hit and run incident. The boy's father asked the policeman for assistance but he claimed he was too busy.

Despite being made illegal in 1998, the illegal blood donation trade is still thriving in China, a report suggests. A Shanghai man has been arrested for taking money to organise a circle of 20 blood donors, while the Shanghai Daily reports that fliers offer up to 900 yuan to blood donors.

Guangzhou needs an early warning system for dengue fever as cases of the serious ilnes increase infectious disease experts say. A study of almost 700 dengue fever cases in the city found that one in ten were attributable to imported disease, mostly from SE Asia.

Further outbreaks of H7N9 avian influenza are likely say public health specialists after they found that H7N9 virus infection rates as high as 22% in birds at a re-opened live poultry markets in Huzhou, Zhejiang.

There has been a dramatic increase of antibiotic resistance in dysentery-causing Shigella bacteria in Beijing, a new study shows. An eight study by the Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control found that over 90% of Shigella bacteria strains showed resistance to at least three wide spectrum antibiotics.

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