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SCIO briefing on epidemic control and medical rescue in Hubei

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The State Council Information Office held a press conference on Saturday morning in Wuhan, epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, to introduce an updated picture of epidemic control and medical rescue in Hubei province.

China.org.cnUpdated: February 16, 2020

Lianhe Zaobao of Singapore:

We know the Fangcang makeshift hospital of Wuhan is being used for receiving confirmed and suspected patients. Will the arrangement increase the risk of cross infection? Will it become a breeding ground of infection? In addition, what role has the Fangcang makeshift hospital played in controlling the epidemic so far? Thank you.

Wang Hesheng:

Thank you for your question. I'll give the floor to Ms. Jiao.

Jiao Yahui:

First of all, I would like to make it clear the makeshift hospitals now only receive confirmed cases with mild symptoms, so no cross infection will happen there. In addition, our experts in nosocomial infection have guided medical workers to take preventive measures and perform regular disinfection during the construction and in the process of using the hospital facilities.

In addition, the makeshift hospitals have played a key role in epidemic prevention and control. There is still a shortage of medical resources in Wuhan; meanwhile, the makeshift hospitals that can be built really fast at a lower cost are able to save more regular hospital beds for patients with severe symptoms or in critical condition to achieve a better treatment effect.

The makeshift hospital is playing a good role. We have built nine of these facilities in Wuhan, treating more than 5,600 patients and creating a capacity of nearly 7,000 beds. Recently, several batches of cured patients have been discharged from such hospitals, so it means the emergency hospital has achieved good effect. There will be more makeshift hospitals established in the city to treat patients, and we will make all-out efforts to admit all patients into these facilities and achieve full recovery of all of them. Thank you.

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