School health firm used 'dirty' needles
SARABURI ― The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is investigating a private company accused of providing sub-standard health check-up services to dozens of schools in the central province, including re-using dirty needles.
- Published: 21/08/2013 at 05:28 PM
- Newspaper section: news
The firm, whose name has yet to be released, was hired to perform an annual health check-up for 3,700 students and teachers at Saraburi Witthayakom School in Muang district on July 29–Aug 2, DSI chief Tarit Pengdith said on Wednesday.
A group of parents accused the company's staff of re-using the same needles when they took blood samples from their children and other school staff. They lodged complaints with the Saraburi Internal Security Operations Command, which later asked the DSI to look into the matter, Mr Tarit said.
The Special Case Operations Centre Region 1 has been assigned to investigate and prepare a report.
Initial Investigations indicated the firm had “several dubious behaviours” while performing healthcare services. This included re-using needles while taking blood samples; releasing inaccurate results of blood type tests on Matthayom 2 (Grade 8) students that showed they all had type A blood, although this was denied; and identifying people who were short-sighted as being long-sighted.
Investigators believe the firm has provided services to at least 80 secondary and tertiary education facilities and private companies, involving more than 80,000 people.
Mr Tarit said the company would probably face public fraud charges as it did not employ registered physicians for the annual health check-up services and had apparently violated medical ethics.
Many people tested feared they may have contracted an infectious disease from the firm's unsanitary practices, including hepatitis type A or B, or even HIV.
An investigation was underway. When it was complete the DSI would decide whether to accept the case as a special case, Mr Tarit added.
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- Writer: King-oua Laohong
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