TCM medical team leaves Shanghai for Hubei
The fourth national TCM medical team leaves for Hubei at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport on Feb 15. [Photo/shutcm.edu.cn]
Four affiliated hospitals of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) sent 122 medics to Hubei province on Feb 15 to help fight the novel coronavirus.
The teams will serve 120 beds in two wards reserved for patients with severe symptoms at Leishenshan Hospital, which was built to contain the epidemic in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in China and capital of Hubei.
Most of the doctors and nurses specialize in respiratory medicine and intensive care medicine, both of which are urgently needed on the frontlines.
Together with medics from Jilin province, they formed the fourth national TCM medical team to be sent to Hubei. TCM prescriptions useful in treating the disease have also been prepared for the team.
Feng Qimao, a doctor from one of the four TCM hospitals, said they will integrate Chinese and Western therapy technique to treat patients.
Fang Bangjiang, director of the emergency department of Longhua Hospital, said he signed up to serve on the frontlines early on and is determined to contribute to the protection of his hometown.
Fan Min, ward director of the medical team, said he gained experience in fighting viruses during the 2003 SARS epidemic and pledged to bring the medics back safely.