- Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak that has killed 426 people and spread to over 20,000 people in more than two dozen countries, is scrambling to build makeshift shelter hospitals at civilian facilities.
- The city began transforming a local sports stadium, exhibition centre, and cultural complex into medical facilities with as many as 3,400 beds late Monday, Chinese state media reportedTuesday morning.
- Tuesday evening, local authorities announced that the city is converting another eight venues into temporary coronavirus hospitals, Xinhua News Agency reports.
- These makeshift shelter hospitals will be used to provide emergency aid, treatment, and clinical examination services for patients
Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, started converting three facilities, namely Hongshan Gymnasium, the Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Centre, and a cultural complex known as the “Wuhan Living Room” into temporary shelter hospitals on Monday, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reports.
On Tuesday, local authorities in Wuhan announced plans to transform another eight venues into makeshift medical facilities, Xinhua reports. Chinese state media did not clarify which facilities in particular would be chosen but revealed that like the other three places chosen, the venues selected would include places like sports centres, gymnasiums, and exhibition halls.
The three facilities that have already been converted offer 3,400 beds. In total, the 11 temporary hospitals will provide more than 10,000 beds for coronavirus patients. The conversion process for these places is expected to be completed on Wednesday.
Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, panic-built Huoshenshan Hospital, a working hospital with 1,000 beds, in just 10 days, and another quickly constructed medical facility, Leishenshan Hospital with around 1,600 beds, is expected to open Wednesday at the earliest.
Wuhan, a city with a population of 11 million people, has many hospitals and clinics available, but as the virus continues to spread, hitting the city and the larger province hard, additional care facilities are needed.
On Tuesday, 3,156 new cases of the virus and 65 new deaths were reported in Hubei, bringing the total infection numbers for the province up to 16,678 with deaths totaling 479, according to the semi-official Global Times.
Chinese state-broadcaster CGTN reported that the 11 shelter hospitals will be primarily used for “emergency aid, surgical treatment, and clinical examination.” These facilities will be for individuals with mild coronavirus symptoms.
Blog Editor’s Comments:
There are only 5 Hospitals/Clinics found in Wuhan, China for a population of around 9,000,000 people. Assuming bed numbers per hospital of say 1000 – 1200 beds per hospital which provides 6000.
They have built Huoshenshan Hospital overnight which will give the authorities another 1000 beds,
The other hospital will house another 1600 beds.
Now with the new centres and sports stadiums being converted to hospitals will provide an additional 10000 beds.
This gives a total of 18600 beds for the city.
Does that sound enough to you??
As the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Wuhan has reported 8,351 cases by Tuesday with 362 deaths.
A lot of people in the city with infection symptoms are short of proper medical treatment and flooded the designated hospitals, which will potentially increase the chances of cross-infection.
To tackle the situation, a mechanism to take and treat patients accordingly is gradually taking shape in Wuhan, with two makeshift hospitals, three shelter hospitals and numerous community hospitals put in place alongside the designated hospitals.
People concerned are also sorted into four groups, infected patients, suspected patients, people with close contact with infected patients, as well as patients with fever related to pneumonia, and will be treated accordingly in a bid to coordinate their care better and limit the virus’ spread.
According to Hu, apart from the hospitals, a number of 132 community isolation points with a total bed capacity of 12,571 were also established, and 5,425 people were put in quarantine there accordingly as of Tuesday.
Three shelter hospitals which are transferred from major city venues will also put into use shortly and provide 4,400 beds for mildly infected patients.
In Wuhan, 28 designated hospitals will only take in patients in critical conditions in an attempt to better allocate medical resources.