Sacrifices of medical workers battling Covid-19 in China

Other than risk being infected and killed by the deadly Covid-19, medical workers in infected cities throughout China are literally “suffering” a lot of inconvenience and making a lot of sacrifice to ensure that infected patients are receiving proper treatments.

For starters, most of the medical workers put in prolonged hours each day, barely returning home to their loved ones and even if they do at times, they refrained from intimate contacts to avoid infecting family members.

One Dr Hu in Wuhan,  who was interviewed by local TV said that even though he has transport home, he has refrained from carrying his months-old daughter and has also avoided physical contacts with his wife and parents – to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

Over at Xi’an, about 20 nurses and doctors had their hair shaved before heading to Wuhan – to optimize efficiency and reduce risks of cross-contamination.

When these medical workers report for work, they (especially doctors and nurses)  wear nappies (adult diapers) to get through the gruelling shifts and must cope with skin irritations from protective masks, according to a doctor on the front line.

“When doctors and nurses are in the ward,” dressed in protective clothing that seals them off from the environment, “they cannot eat, drink or go to the bathroom”, Han Ding, deputy director of Peking Union Medical College Hospital currently attached to Wuhan said.

Just in case they must urinate, they [wear a] diaper, and wash up after they’re done with their shift.

Dr Han said medical staff were working around the clock to care for those in the worst condition. Nurses were doing shifts of up to 6 hours in intensive care units, while doctors were working between 6 and 8 hours, though shifts could go even longer.

Hundreds of doctors have been brought in from other province to support the 24/7 fight against the Covid-19 in Wuhan and Dr Han is one of them.

During a daily update held by the provincial authorities, leaders of medical teams described the difficult working conditions as “extremely uncomfortable”.

“Wearing the protective suits is extremely uncomfortable,” said Ma Xin, deputy dean of Huashan Hospital in Shanghai.

Sometimes I want to itch, but we absolutely cannot do that because it might puncture the protective suit, so we just have to bear with it.

Our doctors and nurses all have signs of irritation and even bloody marks on the bridges of their noses. These are the conditions of their work.

“Doctors and nurses are wearing their equipment so long you can see the marks on their faces,” said Zhou Jun, party secretary of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing.

Dr Zhou, who has been deployed to Tongji hospital in Wuhan, said medical staff are doing all they could to save lives, given limited supplies.

It is unknown if medical workers in Singapore are also taking precautions like their counterparts in China.

If indeed they are, then there may soon be a shortage of nappies in addition to masks, should the infection figures continue to rise in the island city.

 

* The World Health Organisation, seeking to distinguish the virus from the disease it causes, said on Tuesday (11 Feb) that it had named the virus SARS-CoV-2, and the disease Covid-19.

 

 

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  • Bapak:

    Those people who kicked the nurses out of the bus will not be served by them, one day you are hospitalised.

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  • @Bapak

    If these jokers have done that in China, they would have been arrested and sentenced to jail time, minimum a few days of administrative detention. Medical workers are now “protected species” in China.

    During the SARS outbreak, even though I was in China, I have never heard of Singaporeans doing that to medical workers.

    If this bunch of passengers are Singaporeans, then I would be very very sad knowing that the Singaporeans I have known for most of my life have degraded to such an uncouth level.

    I hope the authorities would take these people to task under the POA or something similar. They ought to be taught a lesson in respect!

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  • SG most Infected outside CN?:

    Joker Chan and Joker Sweat should be trialed.

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  • Bapak:

    It would be better to register a record on data who they are. And the day they need medical service, all hospitals kick them out.

    And even they manage to get it, no nurses will serve them.

    TRE Techie:
    @Bapak

    If these jokers have done that in China, they would have been arrested and sentenced to jail time, minimum a few days of administrative detention. Medical workers are now “protected species” in China.

    During the SARS outbreak, even though I was in China, I have never heard of Singaporeans doing that to medical workers.

    If this bunch of passengers are Singaporeans, then I would be very very sad knowing that the Singaporeans I have known for most of my life have degraded to such an uncouth level.

    I hope the authorities would take these people to task under the POA or something similar. They ought to be taught a lesson in respect!

    .

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  • @Bapak

    “And the day they need medical service, all hospitals kick them out.”

    That one cannot, its against the constitution.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Why are they wearing a mask if they are not sick? Didn’t Singapore’s Medical director say yesterday there is no evidence the virus is airborne?

    What do you think?

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  • This is Singapore lah!:

    This is what GCT’s slogan of making Singapore a gracious society in the 1990s when people were rushing to buy properties? People rushing and pushing to get into the bus and train. It still happens today.

    Now it is rushing to buy masks, toilet paper … If we have sufficient stockpile in our national and private warehouses, why are people rushing, or rather panicking to buy? Why we don’t see these items on the shelves?
    Now there are some toilet papers “rolling” into NTUC Fairprice supermarkets, but mostly the expensive brands, at least 50% more expensive than the usual one I bought. Not sure if these “expensive” brands have price increased or not as I didn’t buy same before, but the “top end” of Fairprice brands are now $6.75 and $7.60 per 10 rolls, not much cheaper than the “expensive” brands.

    NTUC Fairprice, a co operative owned by Singapore government, run by PAP MP!
    I think its Chairman or former Chairman is also a former MP who owns and runs the $2 AIMS that managed PAP TCs and bought the computer system from the government on the cheap. Should a committee be set up and sue these PAP cronies for millions of dollars like what they do to Aljunied TC?

    PM Lee’s slogan is constructive politics.
    The countries with constructive politics are dictatorship and authoritarian countries.
    If you don’t toe my party line, I censure you, if you don’t listen, I jail you, if you still talk, I sentence you to death, if you flee and still talk, I harass and jail your loved ones still here.

    Now Singapore is using POFMA to fix the Opposition and people who dissent.
    Can we trust Lawrence Wong and Gan Kim Yong to manage this covid 19 situation?
    Just look at the rising medical cost, healthcare insurance, medical fees that are more expensive than the private sector (it is true as MOH did not POFMA that CGH MRI cost is double that of the private hospitals, public hospital wards charges are more expensive than public hospitals’, even community hospital charges are over $500 a day, not A ward, mind you, it is a 6-5 bed wards) .

    Lawrence Wong reduces land sale for private property development, reduces the building of flats. What happens next, is the rush to buy condo and “subsidised” flats despite all the “cooling” measures.
    Now he removes the QC for CityDev, HPL (Scotts 28, Nassim Jade), Ho Bee (whose chairman is the half Indian half Malay selected President’s Council member).

    Good luck Singapore and CCovid 19.

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  • pap says, kenna then wear mask:

    pap has made a mistake. kenna then wear mask serves only to prolong mask stockpile in pap hoard but is the source of local transmission.

    pap daily on pap mediacorpse announce kenna then wear mask, and if not yet kenna no need to wear mask. can even get some mediacorpse actors actresses to wayang about no need to wear mask unless kenna.

    we say, upfront, pap is WRONG.

    we know of families kenna for no rhyme or reason. because friends work closely with those who kenna, many others are now affected.

    right from the start, for an infectious disease such as covid19 aka Wuhanvirus, wearing of mask should have been the first instruction from a sane and honest government.

    alas.

    pap is insane, made due to too S$m money minded, and dishonest, due to too many lies such as INDIAN is malay and INSIDE 200m is not within 200m, in saying no need mask unless kenna.

    all this wrong things just to hoard mask in pap stockpile. hoarding for ffff since everything has an expiry date.

    just paying one pap Lj or Cb less worth have enough money to buy 30 masks per alien and per citizen in 6.9m Singapore. even if 10.0m, no problem, since just paying less on one point five pap Lj and pap Cb would have more than sufficient S$ to supply 30 masks per citizen and per alien.

    at the moment, pap is WRONG, in saying kenna then mask. absolutely without doubt pap is WRONG.

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  • Pioneer:

    These uncultured kinds who hated the nurses in the current Convid-19 outbreak will learn their lessons that one day karma will come to them to haunt them when they fall sick and hospitalized !! No, I mean no karma. The nurses will still look after them like all sick people. If that happened to the uncultured kinds, I believe they will feel ashamed with guilt and not knowing where to hide their faces! So, please wake up to this group of nurse-haters.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Medica lworkers in China are the bravest o the brave. The doctor who died tying t owarn the public is a rea lhero.

    In $G no medical doctor or group from the beginning has the decency to warn the public and defy the government. They look after themselves. As doctors we look to them to lead us, but they bow to the government. You know $G is finished when people don’t give a sh*t and look after their own a*ses.

    China will survive this because it is committed to its people – $G will fail because no one who had the means to help others wants to.

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  • @REGIME CHANGE is the solution

    Actually there is evidence according to Shanghai’s medical experts that SARS-CoV-2 is airborne but just that because it has yet to be recognised by WHO and included, it was a convenient excuse to fall in line with the gahment’s narrative. If I were him, I would have added that other than washing of hands, wearing of a mask is not a bad idea as an added layer of protection and it is entirely up to the individual.

    Mind you, the medical experts in Shanghai who made that finding did not buy their PhDs off TaoBao and are all experts in their own right or else they would not be appointed head of respective health organizations and hospitals. We can appoint an idiot to head a Nightclub but you surely cannot have an idiot running a hospital now, can we?

    Anyway I don’t blame him (health chief?) at all. If he had recommended otherwise, the stock pile of masks on the island won’t even last a month, believe or not?

    IMHO, When Chan boasted that SG has sufficient masks, he already made a blunder without checking the stocks. Even so, he could have come clean and rectify that by securing more but arrogance took control and therefore the continued BS about mask not being needed if well. It was pride above fellow citizens for those in the ivory towers.

    Honestly ask yourself, ask around fellow citizens, how many actually believe the BS that mask is not an essential, wash hands can liao?

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  • Salute the medical team:

    Salute to the medical team. Hard work. Put their lives at risks for others.
    Please do our part and reduce the chance of getting the virus.
    Follow the instruction and practice good hygiene.
    Lessen the medical team load, please.Be well.

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