37 boys treated genital warts after circumcision in northern Vietnam

Health authorities in the northern province of Hung Yen paid visit to an unlicensed private clinic where thirty seven boys had been circumcised and then developed genital warts.
 

Nurse HIen's house is converted into private clinic (Photo: SGGP)

Nurse HIen's house is converted into private clinic (Photo: SGGP)

Chief inspectorate Leu Van Quan from the Department of Health in Hung Yen Province yesterday said that health inspectors did visit the unlicensed clinic of nurse Hoang Thi Hien in Khoai Chau District where the boys underwent circumcisions. The clinic had no sign and nurse Hien was not present at the time of inspection.
As per a report of inspectors, Hien is working in Me So Medical Center in Khoai Chau District and she was sent to assist a medical center in Van Giang District. According to medical centers in Khoai Chau District and Da Trach Commune’s report, nurse Hien did provide examination to kids in and outside district.
Through checking, inspectors discovered Hien has practicing license yet her clinic has no license. Worse, in 2016, her clinic was suspended from operation by the Department of Health yet she intentionally continued providing examination and treatment.
Accordingly, the Department of Health in the province wrote a document about her unlicensed clinic as well as assigned local health authority to supervise the clinic.
However, inspectors said that it takes time to arrive at the conclusion that these kids suffered genital warts - symptoms of a contagious sexually transmitted disease caused by types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) from circumcisions at Hien’s unlicensed clinic.
37 kids, all under 15 years of age, are receiving treatment at the National Hospital of Dermatology and Venereology in Hanoi for the condition.
Inspectors said that nurse Hien violated the regulation when she called herself a doctor to provide examination ad treatment to children. Furthermore, health authority in Khoai Chau District and local government showed its weakness in management because they can not stop violations in the private clinic.
The Medical Services Administration under the Ministry of Health sent its document to the director of the Department of Health in Hung Yen Province asking to liaise with the National Hospital of Dermatology and Venereology in Hanoi for investigate the case and verify responsibility of each involved individual and team.
Director of the National Hospital of Dermatology and Venereology must send medical records of all kid patients to the Department of Health in Hung Yen Province for probe.
Health authority in Hung Yen in return must send its report to the Ministry of Health before July 28.
Apart from this, nurse Hien received a fine of VND110 million ($4,840)
As per the Department of Health’s request, Nurse Hien arrived in the Department yesterday. At the meeting, health authority pointed out her wrongdoings including unlicensed clinics and nurse Hien provide illegal medical services.
Deputy director of the National Hospital of Dermatology and Venereology Dr. Le Huu Doanh said that 41 kids were transferred to the hospital for treatment of genital warts; 37 of them hailing from Khoai Chau District in Hung Yen Province.

By NGUYEN QUOC – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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