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Hospitals have plans inplace for emergencies

MILITARY hospitals in Shanghai are to set aside at least 1,000 beds in case of terrorist attacks during the World Expo, military officials told a forum in the city yesterday.

These 1,000 beds would be in line with the medical capability in caring for the injured in two simultaneous terrorist attacks, said Zhang Yanling of the People's Liberation Army.

While the city is working to enhance medical preparations for the Expo, experts called on citizens to enhance their awareness of what to do in the case of an emergency.

"Our citizens lack basic first aid knowledge and skills to save themselves and other people when they run into accidents," said Dr Jing Zaiping from Changhai Hospital.

Local residents seem to panic in an emergency, said Jing, citing the chaos which followed a collision on Metro Line 1 last December.

Experts suggested government departments and hospitals provide local residents with training and lectures on first aid. Residents were also encouraged to learn first-aid skills themselves.


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