Six people were jailed for organizing illegal
blood sales in southern China, and blood collection centers in two other
provinces were fined or shut down after they failed to prescreen donors,
newspapers reported Wednesday.
To safeguard against further infractions, the Ministry of Health ordered all
blood collection centers to install cameras by the end of October to monitor
every donation, the South China Morning Post reported.
China outlawed blood sales 10 years ago after it was discovered that trade in
tainted blood, especially in the central province of Henan, had passed the HIV
virus to thousands of people in the 1990s.
Six people in southern China's Guangdong province have been jailed for
illegally organizing blood sales and helping people repeatedly sell blood under
false names, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post said, citing Health Ministry
spokesman Mao Qunan.
The director of Guangdong's Jieyang municipal blood center was fired, and one
of his deputies and a local health department official were punished, Mao said,
according to the paper. No details were given.
In Shanxi province one blood collection station did not screen donors and
failed to keep proper records of the donors' identities, the report said.
Similar problems were discovered at a blood station in Hunan which was run by a
biomedical products company.
As a result, all blood collections stations in Shanxi were ordered closed,
while the one in Hunan was fined 10,000 yuan (US$1320), the South China Morning
The report did not say whether any of the blood or the biomedical company's
blood products were contaminated.
Earlier this year, a shortage of albumin _ a blood protein that chronically
ill people often lack _ triggered a nationwide investigation into whether fake
products were being sold. Several thousand bottles of counterfeit blood protein
were discovered at hospitals and pharmacies, and state media have said one
person died from use of the fakes.