China lacks medical equipment to suppress the pneumonia outbreak

The Chinese Foreign Ministry acknowledged that the country lacked medical equipment and the military had to take part in the midst of the widespread Wuhan pneumonia.

Fearing the spread of the new Coronavirus, many Chinese people rushed to buy medical masks. Meanwhile, medical workers at the center of Vu Han city (Hubei province) and many other places are working in exhaustion and lack of medical equipment, according to AFP.

A doctor at Tongji Hospital (Wuhan) reflected a shortage of test equipment and thus missed many patients, according to the South China Morning Post.

“China is urgently in need of medical masks, protective clothing, and goggles,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press conference.

China’s Ministry of Industry estimates that its factories, operating at maximum capacity, can only produce about 20 million masks a day, which is not enough to meet the demand. Immediately, the National Development and Reform Commission was appointed to replace the Ministry of Industry, responsible for providing masks to both residents and health workers.

Numerous public hospitals in major cities such as Beijing, Chengdu, and Chongqing call for donations of masks and disinfectants. However, Chinese public opinion boiled at the news that officials from Ho Chi Minh City stole and blatantly used aid masks for medical workers.

A military force stationed in Hubei Province was mobilized and tasked with controlling the supply of supplies for the Wuhan people amid the condemnation of the city government for concealing information and handling the epidemic. The disease was delayed when it was discovered. More than 60 million people are being quarantined in Wuhan and surrounding areas in Hubei province.

CCTV reported that 180 military trucks and 260 soldiers and military aircraft had transferred 200 tons of basic supplies to Wuhan. Chinese President Xi Jinping also directed the army to take over the newly built 1,000-bed field hospital in 10 days in Wuhan. About 1,400 doctors and nurses were also sent to the epidemic center.

There have been 362 deaths and 17,387 cases of Wuhan pneumonia, including 361 deaths in China and 1 in the Philippines. The researchers have recently discovered that it may spread through feces or contact the surface like a doorknob.