Chinese healthcare professionals help out at the front line
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.