According to a report in The Straits Time, the parents of a three-year-old Indonesian boy infected with bird flu, have defied hospital orders that he stay in isolation and taken him home.
The boy from Tangerang, a satellite city west of the capital Jakarta, stayed in hospital for just half a day last Saturday, said Sardikin Giriputro, deputy director of Sulianti Saroso hospital.
‘We had no choice but to let the boy leave the hospital as his parents insisted on taking their child home,’ he said.
He added that a patient should remain in isolation until a test showed the infection was over.
Doctors wanted him to remain in isolation to ensure there would be no possibility of human-to-human infection, he said.
The boy was under home observation by medics from a health centre in Tangerang and Wednesday’s report said that his condition was improving, Mr Giriputro added.
Now frankly, I do not blame the parents of the Bird-Flu infected boy for taking him out of the hospital.
I mean, almost all of the Bird-Flu infected patients who have been recently hospitalised in any Indonesian hospital, have died!
So I guess if I was the father of the boy, I would do the same.
However, what is worrying (and in fact not believable) is that the boy was considered to be a possible risk to other people and yet was allowed to leave the hospital.
“Doctors wanted him to remain in isolation to ensure there would be no possibility of human-to-human infection, he said.”
What we know of the Indonesian authorities, it does not seem possible that such freedom of action would be allowed for any one who is infected with the Bird-Flu virus.
Some thing does not seem right here.
But then we are talking of Indonesia so that is nothing new!
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