First cured patient discharged from Beijing hospital for imported COVID-19 cases

EYEAFRICA TV: Beijing, China: Xiaotangshan Hospital, which mainly admits imported cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, saw its first patient discharged after recovery on Monday.

The hospital, located in the city’s northern suburb, was renovated and put into operation on March 16 for the screening and treatment of imported mild and common confirmed COVID-19 cases, suspected cases and those who need to be tested.

The hospital is equipped with Chinese and English versions of medical treating and nursing manuals and operation charts. It provides night meals for new arrivals and works with supermarkets to offer online shopping service. Nurses who can speak English, French, Korean and Japanese are selected to serve foreign patients and help facilitate their communication with doctors.

“They are taking care of us every minute. Any problem we have, they would come for help. So, thank you,” said the discharged patient.

The hospital is operating smoothly and orderly. As of Sunday, it had done screening for COVID-19 to 2,002 people from overseas. Of them 43 have been confirmed of infection.

In the treatment and control of SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which spread rapidly on the Chinese mainland in 2003, Beijing built Xiaotangshan Hospital, a temporary medical center, in just a week.

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