Hanoi authorities lay off nurse for pilfering vaccines

The Center for Preventive Medicine has laid off a nurse who was accused of pilfering vaccines which then resulted in shortage of dosage for young infected patients, said the director of Hanoi Department of Health.

The Center for Preventive Medicine at 70 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street in Hanoi where nurse Hoa works (Photo: SGGP)
The Center for Preventive Medicine at 70 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street in Hanoi where nurse Hoa works (Photo: SGGP)

The case of pilfering vaccines has caused a public outcry recently. Nurse Bui Thi Phuong Hoa, an employer at the Center for Preventive Medicine in Hanoi, was found pilfering vaccine doses off racks when she was vaccinating a child.

The child's father reported the case to leaders of the center. After the case was publized, another woman also denounced Hoa innoculated her child with already mixed vaccine and did not  follow vaccination procedures.

Hoa has admitted in writing to her faults. 

The improper storage of vaccines will not have a protective effect for a child and a child is still at a risk of contracting fatal diseases as manufacturers have made research on animal and volunteers to decide doze of a vaccine shot before, said Professor Nguyen Dinh Bang, former president of the National Vaccine and Biological Products.

A Disciplinary Council was set up to decide the punishment for the nurse’s wrongdoing and they announced that she should be sacked as she had violated critical regulations. The decision to lay off Nurse Bui Thi Phuong Hoa, 40, will be announced on May 15 and all medical workers will receive a warning against such crime.

Upon public concern in the wrongdoing, Nguyen Viet Cuong, head of Health Inspectorate in Hanoi, said related agencies will clarify the responsibilities of team members and continue the investigation.

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