A whistleblower who exposed HIV and hepatitis epidemics in central China in the 1990s, doubtlessly saving tens of 1000’s of lives, has died aged 59.
Dr Shuping Wang misplaced her job, was attacked, and had her clinic vandalised after she spoke out.
She died in Utah in the US, the place she moved after the scandal. A play impressed by her life is at present operating in London, with the playwright calling her a “public health hero”.
Dr Wang by no means returned to China after leaving, saying it didn’t really feel protected.
In 1991 in the Chinese province of Henan, Dr Wang was assigned to work at a plasma assortment station. At the time, many locals offered their blood to native government-run blood banks.
It wasn’t lengthy earlier than she realized the station posed an enormous public well being threat.
Poor assortment practices, together with cross-contamination in blood-drawing, meant many donors have been being contaminated with hepatitis C from different donors.
She warned senior colleagues on the station to alter practices, however was ignored and according to her own account, was told that such a move would “increase costs”.
Undeterred, she reported the problem to the Ministry of Health. As a end result, the ministry later introduced that every one donors would want to bear hepatitis C screening – lowering the danger of the illness being unfold.
But due to her whistleblowing, Dr Wang mentioned, she was compelled out of a job.
Her seniors mentioned her actions had “impeded the business”. She was transferred, and assigned to work in a well being bureau. But in 1995, she uncovered one other scandal.