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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

China : Tuberculosis patient still looking for a delivery room

Via Xinhua :

" A 38-week-pregnant tuberculosis patient might finally find a delivery room in Nanjing. The local health bureau has promised her a green channel.

Thirty-four-year-old farmwife Wang Jiafeng and her husband Xu Pinlong from Jiangsu province's Yancheng came to Nanjing, the provincial capital city, a month ago for a medical checkup. Wang had been coughing incessantly.

Soon after Wang was diagnosed with tuberculosis and admitted to Nanjing Chest Hospital on Nov 25, a new problem arose.

Nanjing Chest Hospital, which is famous for curing tuberculosis, does not have a delivery room. While her expected date of delivery is sometime in the beginning of December, Wang is already experiencing birth pangs.

"This hospital doesn't have an obstetrical department," said Xu. "I couldn't find a hospital in Nanjing that would admit her. My wife could give birth any minute."

He said Nanjing Maternal and Child Health Hospital sent over a doctor to check on Wang, but they were reluctant to admit her as tuberculosis was highly infectious."

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