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Special series: Zhejiang sends thousands of medics to aid Hubei

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: Mar 9, 2020
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Five medical teams consisting of more than 800 people from Zhejiang province pose for a group photo at the Zhejiang Provincial People's Hospital on Feb 9, before setting out to Hubei province. [Photo/zj.zjol.com]

Editor's note: Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in January, Zhejiang province has been making vigorous efforts to fight it. This special series will take a close look at the measures the province has taken during the epidemic.

Ever since the first medical assistance team from Zhejiang province was dispatched to Hubei province on Jan 25, Zhejiang has sent 2,009 medics to Hubei.

The medics, including Li Lanjuan, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and expert from the National Health Commission, are from well-known hospitals such as the first and second affiliated hospitals attached to the school of medicine of Zhejiang University.

The medical team led by Li was sent to the east division of the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University and has helped many critically-ill patients recover.

"The mortality of the critically-ill patients we've treated has declined from 80 percent to 20 percent. Some of them have been discharged from the hospital," said Li.

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Li Lanjuan, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and expert from the National Health Commission, at an ICU in the east division of the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University [Photo/zj.zjol.com]

Li also gave special lectures to a dozen other medical teams at the hospital and gave remote consultations for patients in provinces such as Guizhou, Hainan, Zhejiang and Guangdong, and discussed treatment therapies with other medical experts.

Zheng Chunyan, a nurse from the Jiangshan People's Hospital in Quzhou, was sent to Wuhan on Feb 9. She has been offering aid at a local mobile cabin hospital.

"I'm scared, but I feel I must stand out," said the 23-year-old nurse, adding that she is young and energetic, has more than four years of work experience, and has no family responsibilities since she is not married.

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A sketch of Zheng Chunyan (left), a nurse from the Jiangshan People's Hospital in Quzhou and a patient at a mobile cabin hospital in Wuhan [Photo/zj.zjol.com]

Wang Hesheng, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Hubei Committee, expressed his respect and gratitude to the Zhejiang medical teams and commended them as capable, hard-working and disciplined.

Zhang Aiguo, Party chief of Jingmen, said the city government will continue to spare no effort in supporting Zhejiang medical teams in their work and will establish a coordination mechanism with medical teams from Zhejiang and Inner Mongolia to improve the rate of recovery.

In addition to medics, many Zhejiang companies and entrepreneurs have offered help to Wuhan by providing construction materials, office furniture and medical facilities to the Huoshenshan and Leishenshan makeshift hospitals in the city.

Ma Caili, an engineer from Taizhou, went to the construction site of Huoshenshan hospital in late January with a construction team of more than 20 workers.

"We began our work at eight o'clock every morning and didn't finish until six the next morning. We often slept on a wooden board for three hours before resuming work. The work intensity is two to three times what we're used to," said Ma.