Médico que revelou a magnitude da pneumonia asiática na China foi proibido de deixar o país para aceitar prêmio. Não destaquei ontem, mas no mesmo país, o responsável pelo órgão regulador, o equivalente à nossa Anvisa, foi condenado à morte por corrupção. Abaixo, despacho da Associated Press.
China Bans Doctor's Leave to Accept Award ASSOCIATED PRESSJuly 12, 2007 BEIJING -- 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 yesterday. Jiang Yanyong, 76 years old, was praised as an "honest doctor" by Chinese media after he wrote a letter to reporters saying that Beijing had more than 100 unreported cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. The revelation was followed by embarrassing official admissions and the firing of a cabinet minister. Mr. 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 Mr. 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 Hong Kong group's statement said. A man surnamed Sheng who works in the president's office of Hospital 301 said he wasn't aware of the case. A message seeking comment was left at Mr. Jiang's home number. An email seeking comment was sent to the New York Academy of Sciences before U.S. business hours yesterday. Copyright © 2007 Associated Press