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Two hospitals send hundreds to Wuhan

YESTERDAY, two medical teams left Shanghai for Wuhan, the heart of the coronavirus epidemic.

Two-hundred-fourteen people from Huashan Hospital and 136 from Ruijin Hospital were sent due to emergency orders enacted Saturday night.

Huashan’s medical team will take over the intensive care unit at Wuhan Tongji Hospital’s Guanggu branch.

“Taking charge of the ICU is no easy task, so we must send our most experienced doctors and nurses,” said Dr Xu Wendong, Huashan’s vice president.

The team will start work as soon as they arrive in Wuhan, hospital officials said.

“We received an order at 8pm on Saturday to establish a 130-member team for Wuhan. Many staff from different departments asked to take part,” said Dr Hu Weiguo, Ruijin’s vice president and head of the team. “As a doctor with 30 years experience, standing at the frontline of coronavirus control is my duty, as well as that of all my colleagues.”

Many must sacrifice indefinite amounts of time away from their families. Ruijin’s Dr Xue Kai’s wife is scheduled to give birth later this month, but he volunteered nonetheless.

“Though I will not be present for the birth of my baby, I will name it when I return after our victory against the virus,” he said.

Additionally, ambulance drivers from Shanghai Medical Emergency Center are on standby to go to Wuhan. Two left for Wuhan yesterday morning while another eight drivers await orders.


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