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70 OTHER PATIENTS OF WEI-LIEN CLINIC UNDERGO BLOOD TESTS|驚聞C肝群聚感染 "維蓮"患者排隊忙驗血

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-05-18
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After 5 patients at Taoyuan's Wei-lien Clinic contracted hepatitis C from being given injections with used needles, more than 70 other patients of the clinic showed up at a local health bureau to have themselves tested. The Ministry of Health and Welfare says approximately 1,200 patients have received shots at the clinic.

This Wei-lien Clinic in Taoyuan's Yangmei District has been accused of reusing needles. Five patients so far have contracted hepatitis C. Local residents worry if they will be next.

==LIN KUO-NING Senior Specialist, Taoyuan City Dept. of Health==
Until this morning (May 17), 36 people had undergone blood testing.

A patient tested positive for hepatitis C in February also pointed his finger at the clinic. He may be the 6th victim in the case.

==FU TENG-TSUNG Former Vice-chairman, Yangmei City Citizen Reps. Association==
I'm a regular patient at the Wei-lien Clinic. (So you may be the sixth victim?)Yes, I may be. I saw the news on TV and came (So you're not one of the first five?) No. I've been experiencing fatigue and abrupt weight loss. I just had my liver function tested at another hospital. The index went up to more than 700.

This is Taiwan's first case of group hepatitis C infection since 1992. The nurse at the clinic has been suspended for three months, but not the doctor or the pharmacist.

==CHEN MAN-LI DPP Legislator==
The doctor is ready to throw the nurse under the bus, but I think he should be heavily penalized, too. They should shut his clinic down and revoke his license.

==CHEN SHIH-CHUNG Minister, Ministry of Health and Welfare==
We have since ordered to shut down the clinic for three months, and then a committee will decide what disciplinary actions to take against the doctor and the pharmacist.

With the number of affected patients potentially reaching 1,200, the Ministry is now cross-checking medical records to tease out those who have received injections at the clinic. Once identified, high-risk patients will be given blood tests and put on a watch-list. Meanwhile, a local councilor has called on the government to assist victims in compensation claims.

TRANSLATED BY: ANTHONY LIN

桃園楊梅維蓮診所涉嫌重複使用針頭,造成五位民眾確定感染病毒性C肝,1200位曾到診所就診過的病患,也可能遭到感染!衛福部表示,會調閱健保資料,針對打過針的病患進行驗血追蹤列管。

桃園楊梅維蓮診所,爆發重複使用針頭,造成五位民眾確診感染C肝!引發當地居民恐慌,就怕自己也是下個受害者。

==桃園市衛生局專門委員 林國甯==
統計到今天早上為止
已經有36個人
已經完成這樣的一個抽血服務
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現場有位民眾出面控訴,他說今年2月也驗出感C肝,並拿出藥單,說自己經常去維蓮診所看病,很可能是這次不當使用針頭事件,遭感染C肝的第六例.

==前楊梅市民代表會副主席 傅燈從vs.記者==
我是他維蓮診所的常客
(所以可能是第六位嗎)
嗯可能是 看到電視上
(你不是前面那五位嗎)
不是不是 人非常疲勞
而且有暴瘦情形發現
所以到天成(醫院)去檢查的時候
就有這個肝指數 飆到七百多
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這是1992年C肝抗體檢驗納入血液篩檢以來,國內首見的C肝群聚感染事件,但護理師遭到停業3個月,醫師與藥師,只有交付懲戒調查,有立委質疑懲處太輕,醫師應負起連帶責任撤照。

==民進黨立委 陳曼麗==
他把所有的責任
都推給那個護士
但是呢我認為是說
其實應該要用更嚴厲的方法來懲處
包括就是說那個診所應該要關門
包括那個主治醫生
應該要吊銷執照

==衛福部部長 陳時中==
現在我們是先停業三個月
然後移送懲戒 根據懲戒的結果
再做進一步的處置
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衛福部長陳時中表示,目前到維蓮診病患有1200人次,至於有哪些病患打過針,將調閱健保資料追查,篩選病患後,進行驗血追蹤列管。至於受害民眾求償,有桃園市議員希望政府,協助受害人代位求償,要診所負起賠償責任。

記者 黃立偉 張國樑 詹淑雲 台北桃園報導。