A special national campaign is being launched by China’s top health authorities to reduce widespread overuse of antibiotics as they fear, and with reason, that it could develop and leave its people at risk of drug-resistant superbugs.
Provincial health authorities will be required to review hospitals unannounced and at random and immediately correct findings of abuse. Ma Xiaowei, Vice-Minister of Health, said the Ministry of Health will organize special inspection teams to visit medical institutions across the country and that hospitals that are found to be guilty will be named and shamed and its senior managers and doctors will get warnings or face administrative punishment. The Vice-Minister also said the Ministry is drafting a regulation on how to manage the use of antibiotics in medical institutions.
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