Skip to comments.Doctor who blew whistle on SARS banned from leaving China: report
Posted on 07/12/2007 6:30:30 AM PDT by BGHater
A Chinese military surgeon who broke government secrecy to reveal the true scale of Beijing's SARS outbreak in 2003 has been banned from leaving China to accept a human rights award, a rights watchdog said Wednesday.
Jiang Yanyong, 76, was praised as an "honest doctor" by Chinese media after he wrote a letter to reporters saying that Beijing had more than 100 unreported SARS cases. The revelation was followed by embarrassing official admissions and the firing of a cabinet minister.
SARS killed nearly 800 people around the world, including 44 in Toronto.
Jiang has been awarded the Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Scientists Award by the New York Academy of Sciences.
But his work unit banned him from leaving China to accept the prize in September, the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said in a faxed statement.
In rejecting Jiang's request, officials with People's Liberation Army Hospital 301 said the ceremony coincides with the 17th Party Congress, a politically sensitive time, the statement said.
In April 2004, Jiang wrote to China's legislature asking for a reappraisal of the 1989 demonstrations centred on Tiananmen Square, a topic of enormous sensitivity for the governing Communist party.
China's leaders have declared the non-violent protests an anti-government riot. They insist that the June 3-4 crackdown, in which hundreds perhaps thousands died, produced a decade of social stability and economic growth.
A little more than a month after writing the letter, Jiang was taken away from his Beijing home for two months. He was later placed under house arrest for several months, family members have said.
That’ll teach him to be a tattletale!......
He’ll soon be promoted to Chief Food Inspector, makes it easier to officially execute him later.
If SARS is present blowing a whistle may not be healthy.
Whatever happened to the “sky is falling” people here claiming SARS would mutate into some easily human to human transmittable form, retain all its lethality, and kill tens or hundreds of millions by now?
Have the Chicken Little’s stopped clucking?
Huge money was spent correcting the code before it happened. Preventive work stopped the problem, so what could have happened did not.
SARS was bottled up by quarrantines and no travel orders and affected a limited number of people as a result.
The jury is still out on Avian Flu, which may or may not ever become a widespread disease, but has certainly been deadly to those who catch it.
There will always be something around the bend, and what may seem like 'panic' afterwards may be the only thing which stops a disaster which would have otherwise occurred.
They are real diseases, which kill infected people at astounding rates.
Unlike natural 'global warming' we can do nothing to stop, and likely did little or nothing to start, a great deal of the outcome of any disease outbreak depends on human behaviour and our ability to respond medically.
So is it a question of proclaiming doom, or is it one of mitigating a threat? YMMV.
Funny how no one holds a concert to mitigate (with one behaviourally linked exception) contagious disease, only the stuff you can't do anything about.
All that for 2000 dollars? :)
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