Chi­nese health­care pro­fes­sion­als help out at the front line

China Daily (Canada) - - FOCUS - By CHINA DAILY

On March 17, Cao Guang was work­ing as usual at the Chi­naGuinea Friend­ship Hos­pi­tal at Con­akry, cap­i­tal of Guinea in West Africa.

The Chi­nese health­care pro­fes­sional con­ducted a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion on a 44-year-old pa­tient, who was later di­ag­nosed as the first person in­fected by the lat­est Ebola virus out­break.

With­out re­al­iz­ing the sever­ity of the sit­u­a­tion, that first Ebola suf­ferer in­fected a to­tal of nine med­i­cal work­ers, in­clud­ing Cao. Six of those in­fected later died.

Fig­ures from the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion showed that 1,069 peo­ple among 1,975 sus­pected or con­firmed cases of the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nige­ria have died from the dis­ease.

Cao was one of two Chi­nese med­i­cal work­ers who had come into con­tact with an Ebola pa­tient. The two were not in­fected with the virus and Cao had to go through a 21-day quar­an­tine in Guinea be­fore re­turn­ing to his work at the China-Guinea Friend­ship Hos­pi­tal.

Cao, who is one of 19 med­i­cal staff sent to Guinea from Bei­jing Anzhen Hos­pi­tal, has recorded his “spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence” in fight­ing the virus on his mi­cro blog. His ac­count has be­come a ma­jor hit among Chi­nese ne­ti­zens and more than 20,000 fans are fol­low­ing his en­tries.

Guinea is the first West African coun­try to suf­fer the lat­est Ebola out­break, and lat­est fig­ures showed that 310 of 410 Ebola cases de­tected in Guinea had died.

Kong Qingyu, head of the Chi­nese med­i­cal as­sis­tance team in Guinea, said they have re­ceived 12 in­fected pa­tients in the past 20 days. The death rate is high but the Chi­nese team is work­ing hard on an emer­gency plan.

China have been send­ing as­sis­tance teams to Guinea since June 1968 and Kong’s team is the 23rd one. Be­sides Guinea, there are 38 Chi­nese med­i­cal work­ers fight­ing at the fore­front of the war against the Ebola virus in West Africa. The teams cur­rently have no plans to evac­u­ate the af­fected ar­eas.

“It is a doc­tor’s duty to heal the wounded and com­fort the dy­ing,” Kong said.

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