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Second baby dies, doctor suspended

Update: November, 27/2013 - 09:56

A 16-month-old baby died after receiving injections for pneumonia from doctor Pham Anh Son, head of Ha Noi's Thuong Tin General Hospital's Paediatrics Department, at an unlicensed private clinic he ran from his home.— Photo ngoisao

HA NOI (VNS) — A 16-month-old baby died after receiving injections for pneumonia from doctor Pham Anh Son, head of Ha Noi's Thuong Tin General Hospital's Paediatrics Department, at an unlicensed private clinic he ran from his home.

Son received a 15-day suspension from working at the hospital while police continued with their investigation into the death after the child reacted fatally to the serums Ceftriaxone 1g and Solu-Medrol 40mg.

Speaking at a conference held yesterday, Nguyen Huu Luan, head of Thuong Tin District's Health Office, said that according to Son's report, he administered the injections to the child last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Son reported that he tested the infant for drug reaction for Ceftriaxon 1g but not for Solu-Medrol 40mg.

The baby died last Wednesday on the way to Nong Nghiep Hospital after turning pale and foaming at the mouth.

Deputy Director of Ha Noi Health Department Nguyen Van Dung said the department would discipline the doctor, once the police investigation was completed.

Earlier in June, another baby died after being injected with the same medicines at the clinic, but the case was quickly silenced after the victim's family agreed to reconcile with the doctor, he said.

The clinic was fined VND17.5 million (US$830) and ordered to close its doors, but Son continued to illegally operate his home clinic.

Tran Thi Nhi Ha, head of the Health Department's private medical practitioner management office, said that under regulations private health clinics were not allowed to inject children, except in cases of emergency.

"Even if Son's clinic was issued operating license, he still violated regulations," she said.

Son would have his medical license revoked and receive penalty, she added. The department planned to inspect all private health clinics to end malpractice in the city. — VNS

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