Chinese aid doctor diagnoses COVID-19’s high death rate in Italy
The knowledgeable workforce is prepared for departure in Shanghai to Italy to assist struggle COVID-19 on March 12 Picture: Yang Hui/GT
Earlier than going to Rome on March 12, Liang Zong’an, director of the respiratory, pulmonary and significant care medication division of West China Hospital affiliated to Sichuan College, had been engaged on the frontline of treating COVID-19 sufferers in Sichuan Province for greater than a month.
As a famend respiratory specialist in China, Liang and different eight medical consultants had been dispatched by the Chinese language Nationwide Well being Fee and the Pink Cross Society of China to Italy to assist struggle towards the pandemic.
“After the earthquake jolted Wenchuan of Sichuan Province in 2008, Italy offered help. We keep in mind their type strikes and we’ll repay their kindness,” mentioned Liang.
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With the epidemic scenario in Sichuan is enhancing whereas the Europe has develop into the brand new epicenter, Liang obtained an pressing discover to assist Italy.
“My spouse and son are frightened about me, however it’s my job. I’m the director of the respiratory division, so I ought to go,” Liang mentioned. “After the Extreme Acute Respiratory Syndrome ravaged China, I’ve seen some acute infectious ailments, and it is normally not an issue so long as protecting measures have been taken in accordance with procedures,” Liang mentioned in a CCTV report.
After getting ready a passport, visa and baggage inside a day, Liang and his workforce from Sichuan Province took off to Rome.
Italy prolonged nationwide emergency measures on March 10.
“There aren’t any individuals, no automobiles on the road,” Liang mentioned. “Rome was once crowded with vacationers because it has numerous historic relics, and after town was ‘locked,’ the streets develop into so empty and army or police might be seen all over the place.”
On March 13, the Chinese language medical knowledgeable workforce consulted with their Italian friends to alternate safety data and share China’s expertise in controlling the pandemic. On March 14, they went to 2 hospitals in Rome to be taught the scenario.
Liang Zong’an, director of the respiratory, pulmonary and significant care medication division of West China Hospital of Sichuan College Picture: Courtesy of West China Hospital of Sichuan College
“Sharing China’s epidemic prevention and management expertise is one among my duties,” mentioned Liang. “You will need to share how China dealt with the scenario and permit them to decide on helpful data in line with the precise situations and scenario in Italy,” mentioned Liang.
The northern area of Lombardy has been severely affected by the novel coronavirus in Italy. Though the scenario in Rome isn’t that extreme, town has been getting ready medical assets for doable modifications. “For instance, the ICU of a hospital in Rome solely has 16 beds however it can quickly enhance to 170,” Liang shared.
Liang believes the excessive loss of life fee in northern Italy is as a result of the medical techniques had been handicapped by the inflow of extreme sufferers who didn’t go to the hospital early sufficient. The excessive loss of life fee “could also be attributable to two elements,” mentioned Liang. “Comparable with the scenario in China, many of the contaminated sufferers are at senior ages, and senior sufferers with underlying well being issues are susceptible to be contaminated and die from it.”
“Some bought their remedy too late because the illness did not elevate an excessive amount of consideration within the ancient times, which led to the buildup of too many sufferers that medical techniques could not deal with,” he defined.
China adopted the precept that discovering, reporting, prognosis and isolation ought to be achieved as quickly as doable. Liang believes the precept is adaptable for Italy. Nonetheless, the nation doesn’t have to utterly comply with China’s expertise similar to centralizing consultants and medical assets or quarantining and treating sufferers in teams, he prompt.
“Italy has accomplished medical care and public well being techniques, particularly their household physician system,” Liang mentioned. “The ‘centralizing’ precept may very well be used in line with the precise scenario in Italy as we strongly prompt that extreme and significant sufferers have to be centralized for remedy, which is essential to manage the an infection supply, reduce virus transmission channels, and defend the uninfected group.”
In China, all of the contaminated sufferers had been hospitalized to be handled and noticed collectively, however in Italy, home-quarantine works too if the household physician workforce is nicely mobilized.
After studying Liang left for to Italy to assist the nation struggle towards COVID-19, individuals in his hometown put up a banner, expressing hope for his secure return. “We’re so happy with him,” mentioned an official of Liang’s village.
Liang was born in 1962 in Bazhong of Southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Because the eldest youngster with three siblings, Liang recollects his dad and mom had been the strictest with him rising up.
However that didn’t cease Liang from growing a peaceful character and a deep curiosity in studying. Throughout his elementary and secondary training, Liang was the most effective pupil amongst his friends.
Liang took the school entrance examination in 1979 hoping to develop into a physician. That yr, he was accepted by West China Heart of Medical Sciences of Sichuan College.
Liang mentioned he appreciated the dear alternative and swore to be a superb physician. Since turning into a physician, Liang has offered assist to native hospitals and villagers each time he goes again to his hometown.
In his communication with a neighborhood hospital, Liang shared measures to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and offered steering on remedy plans. “It was the assist approach from Professor Liang that helped our hospital to raised roll out epidemic management and prevention,” mentioned Li Jiaguo, director of the native hospital. Li expressed gratitude for Liang’s assist to his hospital.
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