New Delhi: A millitant surgeon, Jiang Yangyong who exposed the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) cover-up of the Chinese government died at the age of 91 after being ill for many years. Around 20 years ago, Jiang had blew the whistle on 2003 Sars epidemic.
His death was confirmed by his family and friends, reported foreign media. The family informed that Jiang died due to pneumonia and other illness on Saturday whereas one of Jaing’s friends said he got infected with Covid-19 virus in January after the authorities had lifted zero-Covid curbs, reported the Guardian.
Jiang who once became the country’s hero after exposing the government’s lies, was later put on intermittent house arrest for years. His name became a taboo in China.
A World Health Organisation (WHO) report stated that in 2003, over 8,000 people were infected by the Sars in 2003 worldwide.
Jiang, who was working in a Beijing hospital that time was furious when the Chinese health minister went on record to say that there are a handful of cases while he discovered that one Beijing hospital alone had 60 active cases. Out of them, 7 had lost their lives.
This prompted him to write a statement revealing the real situation where the hospitals were crowded with the Sars pateints when the doctors were inexperienced to deal with the situation.
The Chinese media completely ignored his statement but accessed by the international press. After the matter being exposed to the world, the government of China admitted that it had provided wrong information, which followed a WHO action.
Jiang wrote another statement in the following months. This time against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for the bloody crackdown on the 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy movement.
In the letter, Jiang claimed that the Chinese government “acted in frenzied fashion, using tanks, machine guns and other weapons to suppress the totally unarmed students and citizens”.
After thie revelation, he along with his wife Hua Zhongwei were detained. He was later pushed to daily “brainwashing” sessions.
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