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Community doctors help firms with staff safety

A GROUP of coronavirus prevention instructors have been appointed to help some of Shanghai’s downtown businesses return to work with healthy operations amid the ongoing novel coronavirus epidemic.

Some 50 community-based general practitioners in Putuo District have joined the city’s first batch of anti-epidemic instructors.

They’ve entered local office buildings, innovation parks and companies to help implement preventive measures against the novel coronavirus pneumonia.

In Putuo’s Taopu Town, a major business area in the district, over 10,600 employees have returned to work in about 900 companies, accounting for half of the total in the town.

The percentage is expected to rise to 80 percent by the end of February, said Lu Jiang, Party secretary of the town.

Anti-epidemic instructors, each taking charge of several office buildings or an innovation park, offer professional guidance on disinfection, collection of used masks as well as the quarantine and transport of those with high temperature or close contact with infected patients.

Quarantine immediately

Zhang Luyan, a doctor from Changfeng Neighborhood Health Center, received an urgent call on the first day of her appointment as an anti-epidemic instructor from a nearby office building on Sunday.

An employee working at Changfeng Joy City was told by local disease control officials that he must undergo quarantine immediately, because a ride-hailing driver who took him to work on February 11 was confirmed to be infected.

His colleagues were anxious about their own risks. Zhang checked the office, conducted a thorough disinfection and told everyone to relax.

“There is no need to worry because the office is quite large with few staff members,” Zhang said.

An employee from Yichang in central China’s Hubei Province, heart of the epidemic, returned to work at the East China Electric Power Design Institute Co in Putuo on Monday.

Another instructor was soon dispatched from the Caoyang Neighborhood Health Center to transport the employee to a designated hotel for quarantine.

A mobile phone app has also been developed in Putuo for returning employees to register and provide information about their health condition.


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