Taking blood sample for testing. — VNA/VNS Illustrative Photo
HÀ NỘI — The health ministry has asked local health departments and hospitals to review and improve supervision on testing.
The move aims to prevent further medical violations after medical workers of Saint Paul Hospital in Hà Nội allegedly cut thousands of HIV testing strips in half to use them for two people instead of one and ignored instructions from the manufacturer.
Although the hospital said the cutting was on trial basis and the results were not given to patients, it has risen public concerns over the accuracy of testing at hospitals.
A video footage shows the HIV testing strips cut in half to use. — VNA/VNS Photo
The Department of Health Examination and Treatment Management under the health ministry said the case like these reported over the past time “have affected prestige and healthcare quality of medical establishment and reputation of the whole healthcare sector”.
The ministry has ordered directors of local health departments and leaders of healthcare sectors to conduct regular inspections to identify violations in testing. — VNS