The HCM City Department of Health on Jan. 28 fined and withdrew the licences of two traditional medical clinics for making wrong diagnoses, faulty treatment and selling drugs though they are not authorised to do so.
Pham Kinh Binh, deputy head of the department’s inspectorate, named them as Mai Hoa Duong clinic in Go Vap District and No 241 clinic in Phu Nhuan District.
Nguyen Thi Hoa Mai, owner of Mai Hoa Duong, sold drugs without proper origins and health supplements though she was not licensed by the department, Binh said.
She also failed to maintain patients’ records and falsified prices, he added.
Tran Thi Hanh, owner of No 241 clinic, too was found guilty of failing to maintain records and misdiagnosis.
Hanh falsely told some of her patients they were pregnant and prescribed health supplements, said Pham Huu Quoc, an inspector.
Women who thought they might be pregnant should go to hospitals for checks, including ultrasound tests, he advised.
“This is the only way to safeguard their health and avoid being cheated.”
Hanh’s clinic also committed other violations like not maintaining sanitary standards and flouting several health regulations, he said.
Inspectors had taken samples of drugs and supplements from the two clinics for tests, he added.
HCM City hospitals have reported in the last few months that a large number of women who are not actually pregnant are coming for check-up and even delivery.
A doctor at the Tu Du Obstetrics Hospital said the hospital had received 12 such cases since last May./.