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Local residents among those honored for coronavirus efforts

An awards ceremony held earlier this month in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing honored citizens who have made significant contributions to fighting novel coronavirus. Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed the recipients as heroes of the battle.

Three Minhang residents — Zhang Junping from the Kangcheng Community, Shao Junbin from Shanghai ZJ Bio-tech Co and Zeng Mei from Children’s Hospital of Fudan University — were honored. The Children’s Hospital as a whole also won an award.

Zeng is a pediatrician and expert in child infectious diseases.

“I feel lucky that I chose this career and honored to have fought coronavirus in the battle to safeguard children,” she said. “I’m thankful to the hospital that nurtured me and the colleagues who supported me. The honor belongs to all of us.”

Zhang worked as a deputy Party secretary at Kangcheng Community, the largest open community in Shanghai, with more than 40,000 residents. The community has three schools, three supermarkets and two bus lines.

With the collaborative efforts of community workers and volunteers, there were no cases of infection or suspected cases during the outbreak.

With efficient organization, Zhang managed a team of over 300 community workers and 500 volunteers to lockdown the community. She also arranged for delivery of disease-prevention materials.

The team checked people entering the community, disinfected corridors, elevators and garages, and delivered packages of takeout food to residents.

“President Xi said that half of the medical team that fought the battle were born in the 1990s or even 2000s,” Zhang said. “I realize how we need to give young people a bigger role in our community operation.”


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