Urine for medicine
Boys' urine is being collected to make medicine in China.
Several schools in Nanchang of the Jiangxi province had pails in the male toilets, where the students were asked to urine into.
Puzzled parents complained of this to the press.
"We don't known why people are collecteing urine from schools everyday," said a father, who only wanted to be known as Li.
According to a worker at one of the schools, a company wanted to make medicine out of the urine.
A biochemical firm told reporters that the urine was used to make urokinase - a medicine for cardiovascular disease.
"In some towns, there are companies responsible for the job. These companies collect the urine and sell to pharmaceutical companies.
"They did it in schools because children are generally healthier," said a staff member , who declined to be named.
The local education department has banned such acts due to hygiene reasons.
Published June 3, 2012