'Exhausted': Doctors At China's Virus Epicentre Overworked And Unprotected
Faizan Hashmi 11 days ago Fri 14th February 2020 | 10:10 AM
Beijing, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Feb, 2020 ) :Tired and understaffed, medical workers have had to deal with thousands of new cases per week in Wuhan, the city at the epicentre of the outbreak that first emerged late last year.
Many doctors have had to see patients without proper masks or protective body suits, resorting to reusing the same equipment when they should be changed regularly.
Some have even worn diapers to avoid having to take off the equipment and make it last longer, according to a health official.
"As doctors, we do not want to work while being a source of infection," he told AFP, requesting anonymity for fear of reprisals.
"What would happen if there was no one working on the frontline?" Some 44 percent of the 42,600 cases nationwide -- and the majority of more than 1,100 deaths -- have been in Wuhan, home to a wild animal market where the virus is suspected of having originated before spreading between humans.
The risks medical staff are facing was highlighted on Friday after Li Wenliang, a whistleblowing doctor in Wuhan, succumbed to the disease more than a month after he first raised alarm about a new SARS-like virus in the city.