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Flu Outbreak Paralyzes Tianjin Hospital's Pediatrics Ward
Published on: 2018-01-10
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021A nationwide influenza epidemic has forced a top-tier hospital in Tianjin to suspend its pediatric services Sunday after all of the department’s overworked doctors fell ill.


Staff from Tianjin Haihe Hospital saying that each of the hospital’s three pediatricians had seen more than 60 patients a day since the start of winter. With the doctors at home nursing various illnesses, the hospital currently doesn’t know when the department will reopen. It did not respond to a phone call on Tuesday evening.

020The recent development highlights China’s general lack of pediatricians, as well as the wide spread of influenza this winter. At a press conference held by the National Health and Family Planning Commission on Tuesday, a high-level official noted that flu infections are still on the rise.


Data from the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that for the first week of January, the city’s 144 hospitals had seen an increase of 5.76 percent for influenza infections — down at least from the previous week’s 21 percent increase. As schools and kindergartens start their winter breaks at the end of this month, flu infections will further decrease, the center predicted.

022In the last week of December, the pediatrics department at Shanghai’s Xinhua Hospital saw the number of outpatients rise by 6.7 percent from the week prior. Patients were kept waiting for hours to see a doctor: Even if some purposely visited the hospital after midnight, they might find hundreds of others waiting ahead of them. Pediatrician Yu Huiju suggested that parents first give their children fever medication and keep them home if they respond well.

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