BEIJING, April 1 (Xinhua) -- Officials of two hospitals who are directly responsible for patients infected with Hepatitis C during hemodialysis were removed from their posts, China Daily reported Wednesday.
Twenty patients were infected with Hepatitis C during hemodialysis treatment at two hospitals in Shanxi province, the newspaper quoted a notice issued Monday on the Web site of the Ministry of Health as saying.
The infected patients are among 47 people who received hemodialysis at the Taiyuan Public Transportation Company's hospital and the Shanxi Coalmine Central Hospital, between December and January.
The heads of the two hospitals were held under investigation.
The investigation was launched by the Shanxi provincial health department after six patients, who contracted the disease following treatment in the Taiyuan Public Transportation hospital, lodged a complaint on Feb. 27.
The ministry's circular said the hospitals violated rules for infection management and reuse of dialysis machines, which caused the infections. The provincial and municipal health departments have halted operation of the hemodialysis centers at the two hospitals.
On March 15, the provincial health department issued a circular requiring all hemodialysis patients to take blood tests before proceeding with dialysis.
The ministry would adopt temporary checks nationwide on the management of hemodialysis centers, the newspaper said.