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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is rapidly evolving into a worldwide disaster. After China's first confirmed MERS Korean patient entered the Chinese mainland, she came into contact with 78 dangerous close people. The number of confirmed deaths in South Korea has increased. However, the South Korean government has not disclosed the hospitals where MERS patients appeared! What does the South Korean government want to hide?

After the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) (68 years old) appeared last month, the Department of Disease Management repeatedly explained that it was "working hard to investigate." How the patient was admitted to Hospital B, whether he moved freely inside the hospital, or was lying on a bed, etc. The information was not disclosed. Therefore, the patient's accurate whereabouts is still a cloud of fog.

The South Korean government did not disclose information on the grounds of confidentiality, and it continued to repeat after the first death of a patient (1 years old) occurred on the 57st. The patient died while being transferred to another hospital in Gyeonggi Province as a suspected patient who had been hospitalized in Hospital B. Although our reporter asked to confirm whether it was true, the Ministry of Welfare avoided saying that "this is not a confirmed case", and later publicly claimed that it was a suspected patient. Subsequently, the misinformation that there was a two-hour gap between the time of death announced by the hospital was announced. Before the results of the death of the first patient and three infections were announced, the door of the Spokesperson’s Office of the Ministry of Welfare was locked, directly preventing reporters from entering and exiting.
The South Korean government did not disclose the name and location of the patient’s hospital, and was criticized as a unilateral decision. He has always insisted on the position that "if it is made public, it will cause unnecessary misunderstanding and confusion", but repeatedly said that it will take strong measures against the list of hospitals circulating on SNS. University student Li Zhihuan (28 years old) said, “If you explain the meaning well, the people may understand it, and it will definitely not work if you just say it, which makes people even more unbelievable.” Professor Li Yixue, major in ethics of medical law at Yonsei University, said, “The government did not take broad opinions on the feasible scope of information disclosure and made decisions in a unilateral manner, and it is difficult for citizens to keep up with such decisions.”
The non-communication state of the South Korean government has caused international controversy. Embarek, the head of MERS of the World Health Organization (WTO), said in an interview with the online scientific journal Science, “The simple explanation for the'super spread' of MERS in South Korea is that the hospital has not implemented good infection control.” “We really I don't know what happened in Korea (after the patient appeared) in the first 3 days." According to news on the 1st, although the Hong Kong Health Protection Center has repeatedly asked the South Korean government for information on MERS patients, it has never received a reply.
Jin Rongze, head of the infectious disease management section of the Disease Management Headquarters, said, "The Hong Kong government's request is true, but the information has no special significance for epidemic prevention or prevention of infection. We will not provide information other than the purpose of epidemic prevention."
Under this circumstance, Hong Kong is advancing the temporary suspension of communication with South Korea in the medical sector. A 3-year-old doctor in Hong Kong returned to Hong Kong after attending an academic conference at a South Korean hospital at the end of last month. The Director of the Food and Health Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government Gao Yongwen said on the XNUMXrd, “The Hong Kong Hospital Authority will call on medical staff to suspend participation in , Especially the medical exchange held in Seoul." Director Gao said, “Citizens should avoid going to clinics and hospitals if they want to go to South Korea. If necessary, they must wear masks and pay attention to hand hygiene.”

Article reprinted from the Chinese website of the Central Daily News


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