Xinhua Headlines: Frontline well being employees arrange security defend in world battle in opposition to COVID-19 – Xinhua

– Health workers around the world have been working long hours and some have even lost their lives on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus.

– The medical staff have made important contributions to contain the pandemic and are “the most beautiful angels” and “ambassadors of light and hope”.

– Guided by the vision of building a community with a common future for humanity, China was more than ready to share its best practices and provide assistance in its capacity to countries affected by the pandemic.

BEIJING, April 26th (Xinhua). “My babies are too young to read now. And they would barely recognize me in my gear. But if they lose me to COVID, I want them to know that mom really tried to do it.” Job, “wrote Cornelia Griggs, a New York pediatric surgeon, in an emotional post to her toddlers in March.

As a mother on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, Griggs uses her sacrifice and courage as a powerful teaching moment for her children. The viral tweet received around 103,000 retweets and 530,000 likes within 24 hours.

According to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, coronavirus infections have risen to nearly 2.9 million worldwide, along with more than 200,000 deaths.

Griggs, along with thousands of fearless medical professionals around the world, has fought an arduous and courageous battle against COVID-19, trying to turn the tide on the pandemic that knows no borders and recognizes no races.

Many work long hours and their own lives are marked by the unprecedented health crisis. Some have volunteered to help without thinking. Some have even lost their lives on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus.

A medical worker takes samples from a child at a COVID-19 test point in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 15, 2020. (Photo by Chong Voon Chung / Xinhua)

BIG sacrifice

Roberto Stella, a 67-year-old general practitioner, died on March 11 as the first of many doctors who had succumbed to the coronavirus in Italy.

He lived in Busto Arsizio in Lombardy, an Italian region particularly hard hit by the outbreak, and had planned to step down from his work as a doctor and president of the Order of Doctors in Varese, a city north of Milan. At the end of this year.

Stella was one of the first to call on the government to look out for the inadequate personal protective equipment for health workers.

He asked his medical staff to be careful and continue their work if they ran out of face masks and gloves.

He was a true doctor who worked hard to the end, said Alessandro Colombo, a colleague and friend of Stella.

Medical staff work in the intensive care unit of the Istituto Clinico Casalpalocco in Rome, Italy, March 25, 2020. (Photo by Alberto Lingria / Xinhua)

“His death caught the attention of Italian doctors … It made it clear to doctors that the coronavirus had to be taken seriously,” Angelo Testa, president of the National Union of Independent Doctors, told Xinhua.

The coronavirus has claimed more than 26,000 lives in Italy, one of the hardest hit countries in Europe. According to information from medical associations and trade unions, a total of 144 doctors have died of the corona virus in Italy so far.

According to the country’s public health institute, around 17,000 healthcare workers are infected, more than two-thirds of whom are women.

In Europe too, Serbian doctors observed a minute’s silence on April 15 to mourn Miodrag Lazic, a famous surgeon who died of an infection related to the coronavirus.

Lazic, 65, director of the emergency department in the city of Niš, was on a ventilator because his condition was serious.

Members of the Chinese medical expert team in Serbia visit a clinic in Belgrade, Serbia on April 11, 2020. (Chinese medical expert team in Serbia / handout via Xinhua)

The East Sarajevo Municipality granted his last wish by playing the Serbian military song “March on the Drina” to honor their beloved doctor.

Lazic was “on the front lines, until the end … until the moment he found out he had infected himself with the virus that had relentlessly cost people’s lives for months,” read a statement from the Clinical Center of Niš.

“A man who was honorable, courageous and proud, side by side at the front, stood by the Serbian army in all wars that have struck our country and our people. A man, a doctor, a soldier who more than has saved 1,000 people living on the battlefield, “the statement added.

The surgeon was a volunteer during the wars in the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s and had written a book entitled “The Diary of a War Surgeon”.

So far, Serbia has reported 6,630 cases with 125 deaths, with the country in a state of emergency since March 16.

Photo taken on April 1, 2020 shows a ward of the upgraded Wilkins Hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Photo by Wanda / Xinhua)

FORGING AHEAD

Across the Mediterranean, Soman Mudariki, who works at Wilkins Hospital in Harare, is one of the frontline medical professionals in Zimbabwe who risk their lives to care for the sick.

Two weeks after the coronavirus pandemic hit landlocked southern Africa, Mudariki tested four confirmed cases.

He said his family have never been so concerned about his safety at work.

“My son and daughter are not feeling well. They keep asking questions and want to understand how dangerous coronavirus really is,” said Mudariki, adding that his family has remained a strong support.

A medical worker at a test station takes samples from a woman for the COVID-19 infection test on April 3, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Shiraaz / Xinhua)

After reporting the first case on March 20, Zimbabwe has recorded 31 cases so far. The government has extended the country’s lockdown for another two weeks until May 3.

Since the virus does not spare anyone on its way, Mudariki knows the importance of medical staff being adequately equipped to care for patients.

“It’s a hot zone that we work in and it requires a careful process from putting on and taking off to testing patients. The process has to be thorough to ensure you don’t pass the virus on to other patients or work colleagues.” he said to Mudariki.

Nurses are also exposed to these risks. Among them is Cynthia Shatei, director of the Zimbabwe Young Nurses’ Association.

Medical workers attend to COVID-19 patients in a hospital in Barcelona, ​​Spain on April 7, 2020. (Photo by Francisco Avia / Xinhua)

“We value the sanctity of human life, but sometimes we fear for our dear life because the monster (COVID-19) is real. We believe that nursing is a calling, so we had to step in as nurses,” she said the state Sunday Mail Newspaper.

Shatei said her efforts against the virus were motivated by patriotism while the disease must be addressed head-on for the common good.

The medical staff have made important contributions to contain the pandemic and are “the most beautiful angel” and “ambassador of light and hope,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping when inspecting the command center of Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, which was opened on Central Chinese city was hit hardest.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), called nurses and midwives “the backbone of every health system” at a press conference on COVID-19 earlier this month and urged everyone to protect themselves.

The staff unload the medical supplies from China on March 22, 2020 at the airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Xinhua / Wang Shoubao)

UNITED FRONT

As coronavirus infections escalated in Ethiopia and the African continent, a 12-person Chinese medical team arrived in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Thursday, bringing urgent medical supplies, including protective equipment and traditional Chinese medicine.

Zeng Zhiyong, an infection control team member, noted that Africa is on an upward trend in new cases and said that “now is the time to effectively contain the spread of the virus before it spreads further”.

Africa saw reported cases rise 43 percent last week, highlighting a warning from the WHO that the continent of 1.3 billion could become the next epicenter of the global pandemic.

The team will share their experience and provide advice to local hospitals on how to prevent and control coronavirus, said Zeng, who is also head of the infection control department at Sichuan University’s West China Hospital.

National Health Service (NHS) staff applaud outside Royal Liverpool University Hospital during the weekly Clap for Our Carers campaign on April 23, 2020 in Liverpool, UK. (Photo by Jon Super / Xinhua)

“The highly skilled experts and professionals who have been involved in the COVID-19 response in China and who have frontline experience came here with the support of the Chinese government,” said Ethiopian Health Minister Lia Tadesse.

Guided by the vision of building a community with a common future for humanity, China was more than ready to share its best practices and provide assistance in its capacity to countries affected by the pandemic, Xi said at the extraordinary G20 summit Heads of State or Government in March.

China continues to supply 127 countries and four international organizations and has deployed teams of experts to 15 countries, Ma Xiaowei, minister for the National Health Commission, said last week.

A thank you message for health care workers will be displayed on the window of the Brooklyn Hospital Center in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York on April 24, 2020. (Photo by Michael Nagle / Xinhua)

“It is a precious gesture of brotherhood and togetherness demonstrated by the Chinese government in general, and the 12 medical professionals in particular,” said Mahlet Dinku, an Ethiopian medical student.

According to the National Health Commission of China, around 1,000 Chinese doctors work in Africa to help local health organizations contain the coronavirus.

The frontline medical workers have taken on the toughest missions and are “the most admirable people in the new era,” deserving of the highest honors, Xi said.

(Xinhua reporters Xu Yongchun and Tang Ji in Paris, Hao Yalin in Sydney, Yuan Yun in Valletta, and Wen Xinnian in Lisbon also contributed to the story.)

(Video reporters: Ji Li, Feng Junwei, Yu Shuaishuai, Xia Peng, Liu Ruijuan, Zhao Yuchao; video editor: Zhu Cong)

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