Zhong Nanshan, a renowned medical whistle-blower, is among China’s 10 best scientists and technicians, the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) announced Monday.
Zhong, director of the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases in south China’s Guangdong Province, is credited with helping to identify and then stem the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
During last year’s A/H1N1 flu outbreak, he queried the number of deaths from the disease and said there could be cover-ups. In response, the Ministry of Health ordered all administrative and medical departments to ensure accurate reporting of A/H1N1 flu cases.
He called on the public to be vigilant against the spread of A/H1N1 influenza despite the low death rate from the disease.