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
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