Medics helping Wuhan receive training
Updated 21:56, 10-Feb-2020
By Tang Bo

With China moving all suspected and confirmed novel coronavirus cases under home quarantine to hospitals and other isolation facilities, more medical workers are needed to treat them. While some medics have experience tackling problems like these, many do not, thus training is needed.

As of Sunday, 15,000 medics from across China have arrived in Wuhan to help with the epidemic prevention and control.

Some of them are receiving training for protection against the novel coronavirus at Wuhan's Tongji Hospital.

Many of them have never experienced an epidemic like this. They need to enhance their knowledge about self-protection.

Liu Jihong, vice president of Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, says some of the medics are specialists in respiratory and infectious diseases, but some are not. And they will work in isolation wards. So the hospital needs to offer them systematic training on wearing and removing protective gear, aseptic operations, and disinfection.

Some of the hospital's wards have been converted into isolation rooms in just three days time to try to host more infected patients, especially those with severe symptoms.

In total, 880 beds are now ready for infected patients with severe symptoms at Tongji.

And the hospital is not fighting alone.

Hu Weiguo, leading a team with over 130 medical workers from Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai, says they have come to Wuhan in a group with medics from all medical departments. That enables the team to deal with not only the pneumonia, but also many other complications, such as kidney and heart failure.

Jiao Yahui, deputy director of Medical Administration Bureau of China's National Health Commission, says the authorities are tracking all medical resources in Wuhan, including those that are not yet used.

She stressed that if there are any extra demands, the authorities will then be able to meet the needs by deploying available medical resources including the helping medics, and finish the task of moving all suspected and confirmed cases to hospitals, and offer them proper medical treatment.