Chinese Health Ministry Orders H1N1 Testing Not Be Performed

By Li Zhenzi
Li Zhenzi
Li Zhenzi
December 7, 2009 Updated: December 9, 2009

According to an announcement by China’s Ministry of Heath on Dec. 4, as of Nov. 30, 31 provinces in China had reported an aggregated total of 92,904 cases of H1N1 flu, including 200 deaths. However, according to information gathered by The Epoch Times, the actual number of flu cases should be much higher. The tracking and management of known cases have also been chaotic.

On Dec. 3, a doctor from a provincial hospital in Central China’s Hebei Province told The Epoch Times that the spread of the H1N1 flu virus in China has gotten out of control. Afraid of public panic, the regime has ordered hospitals not to tell patients whether they have H1N1 and not to perform the lab work for suspected cases of H1N1 infections.

He also said that the H1N1 epidemic has long been out of control not only in Hebei Province but also throughout China. “Due to the great density of the Chinese population, there have been many cases of H1N1 since August. There is no way to control the person-to-person spread of the virus. The government is afraid of causing a panic, so they are afraid of letting patients know. This is why the Ministry of Health has ordered hospitals to not perform the H1N1 tests.”

He also said that it is simply impossible to test every patient because there are too many. He claimed that many of those patients died, but since they were never verified as having the H1N1 virus, they are not considered deaths due to H1N1 infections.

The situation described earlier is also verified by the latest reports by Sound of Hope Radio Network (SOH).

A SOH reporter interviewed doctors and residents of Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province.

On Dec. 4, the staff at the Shijiazhuang Center for Disease Control (CDC) expressed that there are too many cases of the new flu virus and too many to diagnose. “We are no longer performing the H1N1 diagnostic tests. We are just asking patients go to the hospital. All cases of the flu are treated as the common flu. Since we are no longer doing H1N1 tests, we cannot verify how many H1N1 cases there are. There are just too many of them.”

A doctor at the provincial hospital in Shijiazhuang City said that hospitals everywhere are following the directions given by the Ministry of Health. Verification is only performed if the indicators provided by the ministry are met.” All hospital diagnostic tests of fever are the same. Verification tests for H1N1 are only done if certain criteria are met. Now, all hospitals no longer perform H1N1 verification tests. H1N1 tests are done by the CDC, but the CDC also does not test individuals.”

Another doctor said, “There are uniform standards now that everyone should follow the regulations from the Ministry of Health. Depending on the degree of sickness, severe cases stay in the hospital, and lighter cases can stay at home. There are also regulations for those patients who can stay in the hospital, principally those with pneumonia. Everyone is following the standards promulgated by the Ministry of Health.”

One Shijiazhuang resident told SOH there are many who are sick, “There are many with flu, now there is no way to tell what it is. Supposedly, there are many H1N1 cases, and also TV reports on it a lot. My son’s school is still closed. Many people in the community have the flu. Every family has a few with the flu.”

The local residents are very suspicious of the vaccine. One resident said, “I recommended not getting the it [the vaccine] from the start because I think this is not like meningitis, chickenpox, or measles. We should wait a while to see what the situation becomes. There are too many unwritten rules in the market place. I am not sure if it is made by a reputable company. I’m pretty worried about this.”

According to a resident at Qingtian County in Zhejiang Province, H1N1 diagnosis is no longer done there, and all suspected cases are treated as the common flu. He said that to check if you have H1N1 or not, you need to pay 200 Yuan and get the signature from the director of a hospital.

On Dec. 5, an Epoch Times reporter interviewed doctors from a H1N1 designated hospital in Northwest China’s Langzhou City, Gansu province. A flu specialist there said that everyday all they do is treat H1N1 patients. More than 90 percent of patients are H1N1 cases. One patient had the H1N1 diagnosis and was verified to be H1N1 positive. However, the patient did not show up later and was lost to follow up.

Since this type of test requires two days before getting the results, and the patients carrying the virus do not return to the hospital, follow up is impossible. This doctor said with a troubled heart, “H1N1 positive patients need to stay in the hospital because they are carriers of the virus. After they leave the hospital, they are still contagious, and the virus will spread to rapidly others.”

As of Dec. 5, Gansu Province officially announced 10 deaths due to H1N1, with a accumulated total of 3,679 cases, with 94 of those classified as severe. When The Epoch Times ask the H1N1 designated hospital about the situation, the doctor responded, “The health department has the records. The number of patients, the severity, and the number of deaths at each H1N1 designated hospital is kept secret, and the hospitals are not allowed to disclose this information. Our superiors have instructed us to report only to the higher authorities.”

Li Zhenzi