2 China Officials Fired Over Disease Reporting

Two health officials in Province have been fired for mishandling the reporting of hand, foot and mouth disease and investigators are looking into whether there was a cover-up. AP reports:

China Central Television reported that the two officials in Minquan County lost their jobs following a preliminary investigation by the Health Ministry. It did not elaborate on how they mismanaged reporting of the data.

The investigation follows a news report last week by China National Radio that medical staff at the county’s hospital had apparently falsified medical histories to hide a large number of cases suffered in the area.

[…] Investigators from the Health Ministry say it’s unlikely there was a cover-up, but that they’re still looking into the case.

The China Central Television report said that Yang Baojun, director of the Minquan County Health Bureau, and Wang Zaiji, head of the Minquan County People’s Hospital, were fired.

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