Stitched aerial photo taken on Feb 8, 2020 shows a view of the nursing unit B of "Wuhan Livingroom" in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province. The cultural building complex dubbed "Wuhan Livingroom," which is converted into a hospital to receive patients infected with the novel coronavirus, is designed to accommodate 2,000 beds. Nursing unit B of the hospital is ready, while unit A has been put into use earlier. (Photo: Xinhua)
Authorities in Hubei province, including its capital Wuhan, must take resolute measures to make sure all people needing medical assistance are admitted to medical facilities for the novel coronavirus pneumonia, Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan said.
Sun made the comment while leading a guiding team organized by the central government to inspect the province on its disease control and prevention over the past few days, Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday.
To provide more beds to accommodate more patients and suspicious cases, such as close contacts of confirmed patients, in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, the team has organized 20 emergency medical teams to build three cabin hospitals with a total of 4,000 beds, and accelerated transforming hotels, training centers and college dorms into places for quarantine and treatment of patients.
The guiding team has also organized more than 11,000 medical staff members from across China to send them to Wuhan to help combat the outbreak.
While visiting Leishenshan Hospital in Wuhan, which was specially built to receive patients with novel cronavirus pneumonia, on Saturday, Sun urged the hospital to race against time to save patients and increase turnover of the beds so more patients can receive treatment.
Meanwhile, measures should be taken to ensure the safety of medical staff, she said.