Wuhan starts three-day screening campaign


▲ Checking body temperature at Hualou communityPhoto by Guo Liangshuo


    Authorities in Wuhan launched a three-day campaign on Feb. 17 to screen people in order to leave no one unattended and curb the spread of COVID-19.

    All residential communities throughout the city are required to be checked door-to-door to identify infected people, suspected cases and those who have close contact with the infected people, Wang Zhonglin, Party secretary of Wuhan, said at a video conference on Feb. 16.

    Wang urged officials to be highly responsible for people's health, and "leave no household, no one behind "during the screening process.

    Fever patients, people who have had close contact with confirmed cases and suspected cases of infections must receive nucleic acid tests in a timely manner while those with confirmed cases must be hospitalized, he added.

▲ Policeman together with community workers at Guannan Street during the screening campaign

  On Feb. 17, while chairing a meeting on epidemic prevention and control, Wang called for efforts to provide more beds to hospitals to admit more patients. He told officials attending the meeting that every effort must be made to improve the admission and recovery rates and reduce the infection and mortality rates.

▲ A courier working in Wuhan during the COVID-19 outbreak   Photo by He Xiaogang

  Wang also underlined the need to improve the commodity delivery systems to guarantee the supply of daily necessities to residents.

▲ Community workers deliver supplies to residents at Zhongcheng Guoji community.

  Acting on government instructions, residential communities have strengthened control of their entrances. Tian Ming, head of a neighborhood committee in Wuhan East Lake High-Tech Development Zone, organized 30 community workers to do screening from the early morning of Feb. 17.

 "We have 1,315 households in the community. We will visit them door-to-door, learning how many people there are in the homes, noting their telephone numbers, checking their temperatures and taking note of whether they have health problems," Tian said.

  The community workers operate in shifts to provide round-the-clock services to the residents to ensure they can be reached at any time for assistance in health problems or supplies of daily necessities, he said.

▲ Disinfecting thermometer at Aiguo community  

 Source: China Daily & CGTN