China sanctions 3 Red Cross officials over mishandling medical donations in Hubei

China sanctions 3 Red Cross officials over mishandling medical donations in Hubei
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  • calendar-gray 04 February 2020

The government of the central Chinese province of Hubei, the epicentre of deadly 2019-nCoV coronavirus, said on Tuesday that it had fired one and reprimanded two other officials of the Red Cross for failing to adequately distribute publicly donated medical supplies among hospitals in infection-affected areas, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"Responsible managers and members of the Red Cross Society have been committing negligence and deplorable inaction when receiving and distributing donations at the time of the fight against the virus outbreak", the provincial discipline oversight commission said in an announcement.

The administrative measures include dismissing and officially reprimanding, with the issuance of a disciplinary penalty, the deputy head of the Hubei Red Cross Society Zhang Qin, and officially reprimanding executives Gao Qin and Chen Bo.

The Red Cross Society of Hubei has been under fire over the past several days after the pleas of local medical staff on social media for more aid revealed that only a small part of what has been donated to Hubei from across China has actually been delivered to the hospitals that treat infected patients.

 

 

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