Coronavirus: the best Chinese doctors offer advice for Indian doctors

BEIJING: While the feared seemed to spread in India, the best Chinese doctors treating patients in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, advised their Indian counterparts on Wednesday to prepare plans, train medical staff and educate the public about the use of masks and handwashing to contain the disease

Four of the best medical specialists, who were selected to treat cases of coronaviruses in Hubei Province and its capital, Wuhan, in the last two months, interacted with national and foreign media for the first time through a press conference in line from Wuhan City, affected by the virus, on Wednesday.

While coronavirus infections showed signs of decline in China with 38 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths to 2,981. But countries around the world struggled to contain the rapidly spreading deadly virus that has claimed more than 3,100 lives worldwide.

At the end of Tuesday, there were 80,270 confirmed cases of the virus in China, the National Health Commission (CNH) reported on Wednesday.

So far, a total of 28 cases of COVID-19 were detected in India. Among them, one person was from Delhi, six of his relatives in Agra, 16 Italians and his Indian driver, one in Telangana and the three previous cases in Kerala.

China and India are the most important countries in Asia. We have some similarities such as a large population with families together and a similar medical system, said Qiao Jie, president of the Third Hospital of Peking University, who was recruited to control the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan. when asked what advice Chinese experts would give their Indian counterparts.

The first important requirement is to have enough medical staff ready to treat infections, Qiao said.

She said that training of medical staff to treat patients with mild and severe Covid-19 is important, since it involved different training.

Training should include how to protect yourself by putting on protective clothing and taking it off and preparing the necessary equipment ready for invasive and non-invasive treatment.

Qiao's emphasis on training medical staff is significant as more than 3,000 medical staff, including ten doctors and nurses, died in Wuhan mainly due to a lack of understanding of the virulence of the virus in its early stages.

He also said that preparing rooms to treat patients is also important. For this particular virus, rooms must have high-power exhaust fans to ensure a change in air flow, which is crucial for both patients and medical staff.

The most important thing is that doctors should educate and train the public to wear masks and basic sanitation, such as constantly washing their hands to avoid getting the disease, he said.

Dr. Du Bin, Director of UCI, Hospital of the Peking Union Medical University and President of the Chinese Association of Critical Care Patients, said that the key word for success is to prepare a plan that involves all departments interested.

The plan should include where to keep close contacts and how to identify probable cases within close contacts, he said.

It is a very difficult job, it must be done not only by health workers but also by the government, he said.

Other departments such as police, transportation, etc. They also have to work together. That is the only way to control the epidemic not only in China but also in other countries, he said.

China has deployed more than 30,000 medical personnel, including several thousand military personnel in Wuhan to fight the virus.