Injection abuse raises concerns in China

Injection abuse raises concerns in China

The biting cold has increased the number of patients who have succumbed to the flu.

In some Chinese hospitals, those most vulnerable to illness- children and elderly seniors, the overuse of intravenous injections has been raising concerns.

Statistics show that China used 10.4 billion medical injection bottles in 2009, working out to 8 bottles per capita, or 2.5 times to 3.3 times more than the international standard.

Health authorities have taken measures to curb the abuse of injections. In East China's Anhui province starting this August, injections were banned for 53 common diseases including flu, upper respiratory infection and infantile diarrhoea.

Experts have warned that some people have to correct their misunderstanding that only intravenous injections lead to a quick recovery.

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