In former virus epicenter Wuhan, emergency hospital ready for winter surge

China | 2 Aug 2020 5:58 pm

Wuhan's Huoshenshan hospital, the major emergency field hospital used to treat coronavirus patients during the city's epidemic, still has all its medical equipment in position in case of another virus resurgence, despite being shut down for more than 100 days, state media reports.

Hubei, where Wuhan is the provincial capital, had reported 68,135 confirmed patients, and 63,623  had been cured and discharged from hospitals. The disease claimed 4,512 lives in the province.

The scene inside the hospital was captured by China Central Television (CCTV) on Saturday, where all medical items, from bottles of medicine to large pieces of medical equipment, were seen neatly organized while in storage. 

CCTV footage showed that all parts of oxygen devices used for the treatment of patients were laid out in an orderly fashion on a big table in a room at the hospital - "just like an army of soldiers on parade," said the reporter. 

Such order inside the hospital reflected the hospital's overall readiness, fully prepared for any possible epidemic rebounds, he noted.

A doctor from Wuhan, Hubei Province surnamed Zheng, told the Global Times on Sunday that they had been informed to make preparations for a possible recurrence of the epidemic in autumn and winter, including of equipment and personnel. 

Chinese expert in infectious diseases Zhang Wenhong said in July the risk of a second outbreak when winter comes, as indoor activities increase, as well as the virus's ability to replicate when it gets cold. 

The hospital was closed on April 15 after treating a total of 3,059  patients and curing 2,961 within some 70 days, ranking it No. 1 in terms of the number of patients admitted and cured by a hospital in the city.  

The video showing the scenes inside the hospital racked up millions of views on social media, triggering netizens' memories of the days when the whole hospital, from medical personnel to medical machines, worked around the clock to save lives from the deadly virus. 

"Hope we will never see the virus again and the hospital will never have the chance to reopen," read one comment on Sina Weibo. 


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