China Red Cross sends team to Wuhan to monitor coronavirus relief
By Li Qian, Gong Zhe
The Red Cross Society of China on Saturday dispatched a team to central China's Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, to direct and supervise the relief work of the charity organizations across the province.
The organization is under scrutiny after it emerged that medical workers dealing with the outbreak are still facing a shortage of equipment despite an influx of donations. It has raised concerns over how donations are being distributed and used.
The team aims to ensure that the use of donated money and supplies is efficient and transparent, said the organization's president Chen Zhu, adding that public supervision is welcome.
On the same day, the organization disclosed the number of coronavirus donations. The total worth is 849,720,000 yuan (about 122,500,000 U.S. dollars). One fourth of the donations are equipment and the rest is monetary.
Usage of the money include:
- Building the two makeshift hospitals in Wuhan and another hospital in Huanggang;
- Direct financial support to the medical staff in Wuhan;
- Direct financial support to the protection and control of the disease in Hubei, Shandong and Zhejiang;
- Buying medical equipment and other supplies.
The donated equipment will be shipped mainly to Hubei, with nearly 75 percent targeting cities including Wuhan and Huanggang, Shiyan, Xiaogan and Xianning.
Ma Guoqiang, CPC secretary of Wuhan, has previously told CCTV that he will ask charity organizations to disclose donation details every three days.