The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably caused serious challenges, but it has also prompted commendable efforts from various institutions across the world. Sichuan University, in particular, has made noteworthy contributions that continue to benefit both patients and medical professionals.
Signing up frontliners
Medical frontliners are indispensable in the fight against COVID-19. Aware of such requirement, Sichuan University’s West China Center of Medical Sciences quickly sent five batches of 222 medical professionals to Wuhan.
The first group of medical professionals from West China Hospital made its way to Wuhan on January 25, 2020. This group eventually became responsible for 99 patient beds and treated 284 patients diagnosed with COVID-19. Among the 284 patients, 130 were critical. Later on, 158 patients recovered, and 106 patients received effective treatment.
On February 13, 2020, the fourth group of medical professionals from the Second University Hospital flew to Wuhan, where they received and treated 92 patients with COVID19. Of this group of patients, 35 reached the critical state. This group of doctors made key contributions by turning the Z9 critical ward to a normal one. They completed their task with much efficiency and finally returned home on March 20.
Supporting mental health
The fifth medical team from West China Hospital comprised mental health professionals. This team flew to Wuhan to provide psychological assistance to the doctors and critically ill patients in Wuhan hospitals. Their hard work and timely treatment benefited over 1,500 medical professionals and patients.
Enduring the fight
Amidst the ongoing pandemic, the need for competent and dedicate medical professionals has never been more urgent. Thus far, 163 medical professionals from Sichuan University remain deployed in various hospitals in Wuhan, where they continue to help and support not only the patients with COVID-19 but also those standing alongside them in the frontlines. The university awaits their safe return.