“I’m anti-Western Medicine,” says a man as he leaves his home, a few blocks from a hospital in Hangzhou, a city on the eastern edge of China’s Hubei province.
“Western medicine is a Chinese invention,” he explains.
“It was invented in the 1800s and was a way to protect Chinese people from diseases.”
The man, identified only by his first name Wang, says the western medicine industry is corrupt and often harms patients.
“We are a Western medicine industry,” he says, adding that doctors who treat westerners can expect to earn much more than those who treat locals.
“We are doing business in a way that is not ethical.”
In the city of Hangzhou itself, where the city’s government has made a name for itself by cracking down on corruption, it is also not a new phenomenon.
But the man who started the campaign has been spreading the word that Western medicine is being exported, and is using social media to help push back against the idea.
He’s not the only one.
Since mid-April, thousands of people have signed an online petition asking the provincial government to investigate the alleged sale of Western medicine.
It has gathered more than 4,000 signatures, with more than half of those supporting the demand for the investigation to be launched.
The petition, launched on the Chinese social network Weibo, has gained more than 1 million signatures in less than a week.
The petition was created by a user on Weibo who has a history of pushing back against Western medicine and is now using social networking to promote the campaign.
The official Weibo account, Weibo Weibo , is the largest social network in China.
The account has more than 10 million followers, according to statistics from data analytics company comScore.
It is the official account of the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s official mouthpiece, which is responsible for the party’s official pronouncements.
In response to the petition, Wang, the Weibo user, created a petition that has gained over 5,000 signatories.
He says the demand to investigate Western medicine sales is not aimed at anyone but at the corrupt Chinese medicine industry, which has become a lucrative business for some local doctors.
“Many people in Hangzou have been suffering from Western diseases for decades,” Wang says.
“They’re afraid to take care of their patients and they don’t know what to do.”
He argues that there are better ways to treat Western diseases and is calling on the province to investigate whether the practice is legal.
“I’m not calling for the province or the government to shut down this practice.
But I’m calling on them to investigate, and if the practice isn’t legal, I’m not saying we can’t have the medicine in HangZou, but we have to be sure that our patients get it,” Wang said.”
Western medicine should be treated like any other medicine.
I’m a Western Medicine doctor, but I’m also a doctor of medicine.”
The petition to investigate western medicine sales has gained support on WeChat, the popular Chinese messaging app, where people post comments about their views and comments about the petition.
The demand to stop the practice has also been received with criticism from some of China ‘s other major medical journals.
“The [Weibo petition] was created with a view to spread the petition and spread the awareness about the dangers of Western Medicine.
But its main purpose was to promote Western medicine,” said Zhu Yangtai, the editor of Chinese Medical Journal.”
They have done their job and we have no right to criticize them.
I don’t want to make fun of them, but they can’t ignore their responsibility.”
Weibo’s Weibo page also has a thread that has garnered over 12,000 comments.
Many of the comments have been critical of the petition’s content and also criticised Wang for being an advocate of Western medicines.
“Wang is not a doctor, so it’s wrong to call him a doctor,” one commenter said.
Another commented, “Wang does not know anything about medicine.
He is a doctor who knows how to make a profit.”
Another commenter added: “Wong is a good person.
But if he were to make this kind of complaint against western medicine and the Chinese doctors, I don.
I wouldn’t have done it.”
In response, Wang wrote on Weixin, China ‘ s largest social media platform, on May 2: “I think I should be very cautious in discussing with western doctors, and I do not agree with them.”
But a few days later, the post was taken down, but not before some of its comments were widely shared on social media.
Wang has since deleted the comments and deleted the Weixi thread, but he said he plans to post them again.
“It’s a shame, because I thought this was a really good way to spread information, but in reality, I was just trying to spread awareness,” he said.W