Indonesian health minister under fire for pushing his own controversial stroke treatment

15 January, 2020

Extraordinary news item in the journal Science. Read in full here: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/indonesian-health-minister-under...

Indonesian health minister under fire for pushing his own controversial stroke treatment

By Dyna Rochmyaningsih Jan. 10, 2020

'Indonesia’s health minister, Terawan Agus Putranto, has alarmed the country’s medical community by recommending that its hospitals start to use a controversial treatment against stroke that he himself has pioneered. Many physicians and scientists say there’s no evidence that the procedure, called intra-arterial heparin flushing (IAHF), works—and it could do harm. Terawan’s longtime, aggressive advocacy for it makes him unfit to lead health policy for the world’s fourth most populous nation, critics say...'

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