UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — This is a feat in the midst of an epidemic: a makeshift hospital built in 10 days welcomes its first groups of patients in Wuhan, with the ambition of relieving the overcrowded establishments in the Chinese city, the cradle of the new coronavirus.
The Chinese were passionate about building this 1,000-bed structure. Television broadcast 24 hours a day on the internet the images of some 4,000 workers and the army of excavators working on this spectacular site.
Placed under military control, this structure called “Huoshen Shan” is one of the two prefabricated hospitals built in order to relieve the pressure on hospitals in this metropolis of 11 million inhabitants, faced with a huge influx of patients.
A group of 50 people infected with viral pneumonia were transported to medical premises of 34,000 square meters on Tuesday, the China news agency said.
Public television CCTV showed patients wearing masks descending from red and white ambulances and taking places on wheelchairs or stretchers, with the help of doctors in full blue overalls.
More deadly in mainland China than the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) of 2002-2003, the epidemic of pneumonia in progress has already killed 425 people, mainly in the province of Hubei (center) of which Wuhan is the capital.
The coronavirus has also spread to around 20 other nations.
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The new hospital was built thanks to workers mobilized day and night. All of them wore masks, as required by the authorities for all Wuhan residents.
After having leveled the ground, poured the concrete foundations and connected the site to water and electricity, they installed with prefabricated materials more than 400 rooms, equipped with medical devices and bathrooms.
The site is connected to 5G, which thanks to its bandwidth will allow ultra-fast telecommunications and carry out remote video diagnostics by experts who can guide staff on site, according to Chine nouvelle.
“Huoshen Shan” means “mountain of the Fire God”, a character of Taoist mythology who is supposed to evacuate the viruses striking the body thanks to the heat which it gives off.
The hospital had been entrusted to the army on Sunday. A military medical team of 1,400 people works there, some of which have already participated in the fight against SARS and Ebola.
A second makeshift hospital currently being built in Wuhan, on a site renamed Leishenshan (“Mountain of the God of Lightning”, the one who punishes those who persecute men), is to receive its first patients this week. It should have 1,600 beds.
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These two establishments were built on the model of the Xiaotangshan Hospital in Beijing. It had been built in 2003 in a week, to accommodate Sras patients.
The epidemic had at the time killed 349 in mainland China and nearly 300 in the semi-autonomous territory of Hong Kong (south).
The construction of the Huoshen Shan hospital has been celebrated by state propaganda as a symbol of the exceptional mobilization force that China is capable of in the face of disasters.
She came temporarily to conceal the criticisms of the Wuhan authorities for the supposed slowness with which they declared a state of emergency in the face of the epidemic.
The main politician of the metropolis admitted last week “to blame himself” for having reacted too late. “I am overcome by a feeling of guilt,” said Ma Guoqiang, the local secretary of the Communist Party.
Wuhan also announced Monday evening the installation in progress in a stadium and two convention centers of 3,400 additional beds, intended to accommodate patients with mild symptoms.
Under a cordon cordon, more than 50 million people in Hubei are prohibited from leaving their city. Only medical personnel, food and medical supplies can enter and leave.
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