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Medical services on the rise in Shanghai

ByMadeleine J. Pierce

May 24, 2022

Medical workers from Minhang District Emergency Medical Center in Shanghai, east China, transport a patient to an ambulance on April 23, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

The number of outpatient and emergency departments in Shanghai’s tertiary and secondary medical institutions in May rebounded 40 percent from the same period last year as the COVID-19 epidemic wave continues to decline in the city , according to the health authority.

Except for institutions designated to treat COVID-19 cases, all others have resumed outpatient and emergency services, and the number of clinical services, inpatients and surgeries is increasing, said Zhao Dandan, director deputy of the Shanghai Health Commission, at a press conference. briefing on Sunday.

He said the daily number of outpatient and emergency services at Zhongshan Hospital and the No. 1 People’s Hospital both exceeded 10,000. The daily number of emergency treatment at the hospital of Huashan has returned to nearly 90% of the level before the outbreak began in early March. .

Zhao said the number of surgeries in the city has also risen to nearly 1,900 a day, including technically difficult and complicated operations.

Huashan Hospital and Fudan University Children’s Hospital jointly performed infant liver transplant, and medical helicopters transported patients in two cases to Ruijin Hospital for surgery critical emergencies.

“Zhongshan Hospital has performed more than 50 transplant surgeries this month, including an international innovation double living donor liver transplant, one from a family member and the other from a patient,” said Qian Juying, vice president of the hospital.

At Fudan University Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, a 33-year-old woman, who had 180 uterine fibroids surgically removed in the past four years, underwent a cesarean section last week and gave birth to a safe baby.

Unexpectedly pregnant only four months after last surgery to remove fibroids – which left insufficient time for the uterus to repair itself and could lead to serious conditions during pregnancy – the woman was admitted to hospital for surveillance in mid-March when she was 24 years old. weeks of pregnancy. Multidisciplinary teams have designed detailed plans to ensure her safety and that of the fetus, and to avoid the risk of uterine rupture and bleeding during pregnancy and surgery.

Zhao also said Monday that the city would maintain efforts to vaccinate the population, especially the elderly. Over 62% of residents aged 60 and over in Shanghai have completed the full COVID-19 vaccination regimen, and over 39% have received boosters, up more than one percentage point over the past last month.

“All districts should optimize their immunization service models according to local conditions and promote COVID-19 immunization of elderly residents in a safe, standardized and orderly manner,” he said.

As the epidemic situation stabilizes, 163 vaccination clinics, or 40 percent of the city’s total, have also resumed regular vaccination programs for children, for which parents should book in advance, Zhao said.

To consolidate the results of no community transmission, the city has strengthened measures in older neighborhoods where less-than-favorable living conditions pose greater challenges to COVID-19 outbreak control and prevention efforts. , said Lin Jingjun, vice governor of downtown Huangpu district.

Lin said the district has 330 old residential neighborhoods that have communal kitchens and lack flush toilets. As such, the district government has taken steps to strengthen epidemic prevention and control efforts in these areas to achieve zero community transmission.

The district government sent portable toilets to about 18,000 households without independent bathrooms and set schedules for residents to dispose of human waste to avoid gatherings.