BEIJING, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao
on Sunday visited hospitals, communities and supermarkets in Beijing to see for
himself the infants sickened by tainted milk powder and the milk market.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L, front) calls on a child sickened by tainted milk powder at Beijing Children's Hospital in Beijing on Sept. 21, 2008. Wen Jiabao on Sunday visited hospitals, communities and supermarkets in Beijing to see for himself the infants sickened by tainted milk powder and the milk market. (Xinhua Photo)
His first stop was Beijing Children's Hospital, where
many parents had brought their children for kidney tests.
Outside the consulting room, ultrasonic scan room and
medical wards, Wen asked parents and children how they were faring.
At the ultrasonic scan room, 9-month-old Li Qianying,
was lyingon the bed undergoing an examination by doctors.
"Don't cry, and it will be over in minutes," Wen told
her, and asked a doctor about the little girl.
After hearing many doctors and nurses had been
working around the clock, he thanked them and asked they gave "careful and
patient care for the sick infants".
As of Saturday noon, 1,008 children in Beijing had
been diagnosed with kidney stones and received treatment in 91 municipal
hospitals, Beijing Municipal Health Bureau said on Saturday.
More than 20 infants were discharged from Beijing
Wen visited Chen Shijie at her home in Fuxingmen to inquire after her granddaughter. He was please to hear she was in good health.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (front) speaks while holds up a box of milk at Chang'an supermarket during an inspection on the milk products in Beijing on Sept. 21, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
"This incident made me feel sad, though many Chinese
have been understanding. It disclosed many problems for government and company
supervision of the milk sources, quality and marketing administration.
"The government will put more efforts into food
security, taking the incident as a warning."
When Chen's daughter, Chen Yanhong, praised the
government for the quality of the information released, he said "The government
should be responsible for its people.
"What we are trying to do is to ensure no such event
happens in future, by punishing those responsible leaders as well as
enterprises. None of those companies with no professional ethnics or social
morals will be let off," Wen said to applause.
Later, Wen went to a supermarket and checked the milk
"We should check every batch of the milk powder and
other milk products, and mark them so buyers can be assured of their quality."
More than 6,200 infants had developed kidney stones and four infants have died after drinking baby formula tainted with melamine, a chemical illegally added to give false protein readings in tests.