AIDS Patients Sent to Detention Centre Seeking Help in Beijing
December 1st is “International AIDS Day”. On November 25
around 200 AIDS patients from Henan, Hebei, Hubei
& Shandong Province, visited Beijing Health Ministry building.
After a few days waiting, not one officer came to meet
with these people.
These AIDS petitioners were infected by blood transfusions.
They have been seeking compensation from the Government
over these past few years,
yet the authorities still do not admit any mistakes.
The Institute of Public Health Education & Research
director Chen Bingzhong, disclosed that these petitioners came
to the Health Ministry mainly for medical advisement.
Originally, patients were taking the imported medication
lamivudine or (3TC) with very little side affects
and good efficacy.
Unfortunately, to reduce costs, this was later replaced by a
cheaper product, a domestic medicine, which inevitably
has big side effects and poor efficacy.
AIDS patient Li Yaofeng from Henan : “The domestic
medicine has huge side effects, once taken can create
major deformities within the patient.
Actually, the domestic medicine is not that much cheaper,
as little as 10 cents the difference from the imported
drugs, so not that much cheaper.
After taking it, people experience a big belly or big neck,
or the upper body becomes large while lower body is slim.”
A few days ago, more than 100 hundred AIDS patients left the
Ministry of Civil Affairs and went to Wangfujing Street to appeal.
“AIDS anti-AIDS discrimination Choir” which was founded by
AIDS patients sang to the passers-by.
A few minutes later, some police came in cars to Wangfujing Street,
forcing patients on to a bus.
Henan AIDS patient Li Feng was caught & taken by the police
and sent to a detention centre where he was kept for one &
a half days, finally being escorted home to Henan.
Henan Zhengzhou citizen, Sun Ya’s son, was infected with
the HIV virus through a blood transfusion
11 years ago.
He felt that the government annual AIDS Day event is
more like acting.
The government ignores the HIV patients’ demands.
Parents to the son who contracted the AIDSvirus in Henan
Province, Zhengzhou city Sun Ya: The officials do
nothing more than sing their own praises.
Everyday they shamelessly hide their liabilities of the people,
including our infected blood collections.
They blame it on the so-called illegal underground blood
collection, the government then wavers all responsibility.
You know, hospitals and blood product factories, are directly
managed by the Ministry of Health.
How can you explain these people are using raw material from
illegal underground blood banks?
In 2002, Sun Ya took his son with congenital cleft lip and palate,
to undergo surgery in Peking University Stomatology Hospital.
Before surgery, the child received a blood transfusion of
250ml blood platelet concentrate.
The child suffered from pneumonia a year after the surgery,
then was later diagnosed with AIDS.
The hospital claimed there was no problem with blood transfusion.
Sun Ya: “The hospital gave false evidence in a lawsuit, stating
the blood had been checked.
They gave me a copy when I requested it, not the original report.
Since we’ve had no AIDS problems within the family, how can a child
of six contract the AIDS virus ?
Plus he had no problems before the surgery and was diagnosed
one year after it.”
Sun Ya pointed out, that the United Nations had warned China
as early as 1997, that AIDS patients infected by blood
transfusions, will reach 10 million in China..
It is quite possible, these statistics could be reduced to
1.5 million with effective control.
It wasn’t until 2001 that the Chinese government were
forced to admit that blood transfusions were infected.
Then three years later, not until 2004, the authorities started
general investigations throughout the country,
but only for blood donors, not for the blood receivers.
Sun Ya: “The authorities have no way of dealing with this
at the present moment, as they cannot hide all aspects.
They hid the truth from 1997 to 2001, then 2001 to 2004.
What can they do?
There was a Chinese saying “An ugly daughter-in-law will have to
face her parents-in-law sooner or later”.
They released information that a thirty percent blood
transfusion can transfer blood infections.
After 2004, there was only one report model stating we should
try to reduce the proportion of blood-borne
but increase the proportion of sexual transmission, ie blame
all blood HIV infection upon sexual transmission.”
The Chinese authorities said that the Government controlled
blood transmission and the newly discovered infection, ,are
all sexual transmission.
But Sun Ya pointed out that there were sexual transmission
disease test and HIV test stations in China at a very
early stage, sex workers infected by HIV is very low.
He believes that it’s impossible to generate such a high percentage
of HIV infections only from sex workers in China.
In the 1990s, tainted blood transfusions resulted in 300,000
people contracting the HIV infection, 100 thousand of
them are now dead.
Even now, the authorities do not admit any mistakes,
nor do they make any apologies,
or offer any form of compensation.