Deputy re­calls role in COVID-19 fight

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CUI JIA cui­jia@chi­nadaily.com.cn

On Feb 15, Yu Cheng, a Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress deputy from Hubei prov­ince, joined a team of vol­un­teers at Ai­jia In­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in Wuhan to help con­tain the spread of the novel coro­n­avirus.

Early in the bat­tle against COVID19, com­mu­nity trans­mis­sion of the virus was a ma­jor cause of con­firmed cases soar­ing in Wuhan, Hubei’s cap­i­tal, which was hit hard by the pan­demic.

“By the end of Jan­uary, COVID19 pa­tients had to travel back and forth from their com­mu­ni­ties to the hos­pi­tals for treat­ment due to the se­vere short­age of med­i­cal re­sources, which caused the virus to spread within com­mu­ni­ties,” said Yu, who is a teacher at a vo­ca­tional high school in Wuhan. “We were deeply wor­ried and even scared.”

To con­tain the spread of the virus within com­mu­ni­ties, Wuhan im­posed strict epi­demic con­trol mea­sures in res­i­den­tial ar­eas, in­clud­ing min­i­miz­ing peo­ple’s move­ments.

That re­sulted in com­mu­nity work­ers and vol­un­teers hav­ing to take on the dual re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of epi­demic con­trol and tak­ing care of res­i­dents.

“My role was con­stantly chang­ing from ver­i­fy­ing peo­ple’s health

We took gro­ceries to their (el­derly res­i­dents’) doorsteps and let them know they could count on us.” Yu Cheng, NPC deputy from Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince

con­di­tions and meet­ing their med­i­cal needs, to plac­ing shop­ping or­ders for the res­i­dents and be­ing a de­liv­ery woman,” Yu said.

Tak­ing care of el­derly res­i­dents whose chil­dren were kept away be­cause of the con­trol mea­sures was the fo­cus of the vol­un­teers, she said. “We took gro­ceries to their doorsteps and let them know they could count on us,” Yu said.

She said that dur­ing his visit to Hubei on March 10, President Xi Jin­ping said Wuhan peo­ple

liked to eat fresh fish so au­thor­i­ties should pro­vide them to res­i­dents who had helped con­trol the out­break by stay­ing at home.

“Within a week, fresh fish were sent to the com­mu­nity, which cheered up all the res­i­dents,” Yu said.

Dur­ing her ser­vice, Yu also wit­nessed changes to the epi­demic con­trol mea­sures in the city.

A work­mate and three of their fam­ily mem­bers were all in­fected. At first, they couldn’t be hos­pi­tal­ized be­cause there were not enough hospi­tal beds.

The four were even­tu­ally treated at one of the makeshift hos­pi­tals set up in Wuhan to ad­dress the short­age of hospi­tal beds.

When the con­di­tion of her col­league’s son-in-law de­te­ri­o­rated at the makeshift hospi­tal, he was im­me­di­ately trans­ferred to the in­ten­sive care unit of a hospi­tal des­ig­nated to treat COVID-19 pa­tients.

With the help of med­i­cal teams sent from all over China to Wuhan, all of the fam­ily mem­bers fully re­cov­ered, Yu said.

Be­fore she vis­ited Bei­jing for the annual NPC ses­sion in May, res­i­dents and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers asked Yu to ex­press the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Wuhan peo­ple for the help from the cen­tral govern­ment and the Chi­nese peo­ple.

Dur­ing a panel dis­cus­sion joined by Xi, she bowed and said, “Wuhan and Hubei peo­ple will al­ways be grate­ful for the as­sis­tance and love sent from all Chi­nese peo­ple dur­ing the tough time.”

HUANG JINGWEN / XIN­HUA

Yu Cheng speaks at a panel dis­cus­sion on May 24, dur­ing the annual meet­ing of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress.

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