CHINA Chinese hospitals asked to keep adequate epidemic control staff

CHINA

Chinese hospitals asked to keep adequate epidemic control staff

Xinhua

18:22, August 24, 2021

BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- A State Council task force has asked hospitals in China to ensure a reasonable size of epidemic prevention and control staff and not to downsize them for "any reason."

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There should be one full-time epidemic control specialist for every 150 to 200 beds in hospitals not specialized in treating COVID-19, according to the latest notice from the State Council joint COVID-19 prevention and control mechanism team.

The number should be 1.5 times to two for hospitals specialized in COVID-19 treatment, the document said, urging sufficient and effective measures to prevent nosocomial infections.

Small clinics that do not provide residential treatment can hire part-time epidemic control specialists.

The document also includes measures to improve training and welfare of epidemic control specialists and a clear description of their duties.

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