Medical teams across China rush to Wuhan for viral pneumonia control
UNTV News • January 29, 2020 • 603
Many more medical teams from across China have been dispatched to Wuhan City, central China’s Hubei Province, to fight against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.
The first team of northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, consisting of 135 medical staff members from eight hospitals, left for Wuhan on Tuesday.
The first medical team of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is composed of 142 medical workers. As many of them have participated in the prevention and control of the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndromes) and earthquake relief, this team is rich in emergency rescue experience.
North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region dispatched a total of 139 medical workers to Wuhan. They left by air on Tuesday afternoon.
“All of us volunteered to go for the fight, as epidemic control is an order. In particular, the severe patients need medical personnel most, so it is incumbent upon us to do so,” said Gong Mei, a chief physician of the Critical Care Medicine Department of the Inner Mongolia People’s Hospital.
Many provincial level regions sent their second batch of medical teams to Wuhan on Tuesday, including east China’s Shanghai Municipality and Shandong Province, southwest China’s Sichuan Province and south China’s Guangdong Province.
The second medical team from Shanghai consists of 146 members, and they left Shanghai for Wuhan by charted plane on Tuesday afternoon.
“I will tell my family the exciting news after I come back. I have not dared to tell them now for fear that they would be worried about me,” said Xiao Wuqiang, a doctor of the Emergency Department in the Shanghai Tongji Hospital.
For the sake of transport security, the China Eastern Airlines has set up seven special counters to transport medical materials onto the plane in an efficient and fast way.
A total of 150 medical workers from Guangyuan City, Zigong City and Suining City gathered at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport on Tuesday. They are the second medical team of Sichuan to Wuhan.
In addition to personal luggage, the team also carried medical supplies including masks, gloves, isolation suits and medicines.
When they arrive in Wuhan, they will be deployed according to the local government to combat the epidemic.
Shandong sent 138 medical workers in its second medical team to Wuhan.
“After all, I have been doing this for more than 20 years and I have some clinical experience. I’m aware of the risks, but it is time for us to consider for others,” said Han Weihua, head nurse of the Respiratory Severe Treatment Department in the Taian City Central Hospital.
The second team from Guangdong consists of 147 members, and they received training before leaving for Wuhan, so as to keep them safe on the front line.
The United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Canada scolded China on Thursday (May 28) for imposing a new security law that they said would threaten freedom and breach a 1984 Sino-British agreement on the autonomy of the former colony.
British foreign minister Dominic Raab said the four countries were “deeply troubled” by the decision of China’s People’s Congress, which democracy activists in Hong Kong fear could erode its freedoms and jeopardise its role as a global financial hub.
China says the legislation will aim to tackle secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in the city but the plan, unveiled in Beijing last week, triggered the first big protests in Hong Kong for months.
Raab said Britain will give greater visa rights to British national overseas (BNO) passport holders from Hong Kong unless China suspends the proposed security laws. (Reuters)
China’s National People’s Congress’ third session closed on Thursday (May 28) after parliament members voted on a proposal to implement Hong Kong’s national security legislation.
“The session made a decision to establish a legal system and enforcement mechanism for the national security of Hong Kong’s Special Administrative Region,” chairman of the standing committee of the NPC, Li Zhanshu, told delegates at the closing ceremony.
“It will uphold and improve the ‘one country, two systems’ policy. It is in line with the Constitution and Hong Kong’s Basic Law and is in the interest of all Chinese people including Hong Kong people,” he added.
The legislation received 2,878 votes while one voted against and six abstained. The draft national security law has received international criticism with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declaring that Hong Kong is ‘no longer autonomous.’
Hong Kong, which has freedoms not granted in the mainland such as freedom of assembly and freedom of the press, has experienced months-long anti-government protests which sparked from a now-withdrawn extradition bill. (Reuters)
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday (May 26) that Beijing’s proposed national security laws would not trample on the city’s rights and freedoms and called on its citizens to wait to see the details of the legislation.
Beijing unveiled plans last week for national security legislation for Hong Kong that aims to tackle secession, subversion and terrorist activities. It could see Chinese intelligence agencies set up bases in the city.
Thousands poured onto the street of Hong Kong on Sunday (May 24) in a mass protest against the planned new security laws.
Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd and arrested almost 200 people.
More protests are expected in Hong Kong on Wednesday (May 27). (Reuters)
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