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Act of Courage: Young Chinese fight against coronavirus epidemic

BEIJING: A significant number of brave young Chinese born after 1990 have joined the front line of the battle against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) epidemic, which broke out in Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei Province in late December 2019.

According to a Chinese local news report, Hu Pei, a nurse who worked in the infectious disease department of the Hunan Children’s Hospital in Changsha, has been busy taking care of patients in isolation wards for several consecutive days.

As per reports, Hu was a member of the Communist Party of China (CPC). She carried out her duties like a brave soldier. In the face of hard work and the risk of infection, she wrote a letter to her family without hesitation, saying “I’m prepared to be quarantined at any time.”

Talcum powder, disinfectant, and sanitizer have damaged Hu’s hand skin, leaving bloody scars on her hands, but the young girl, who loved taking selfies in her spare time, shoulders her responsibilities as a medical worker without compliant, fulfilling the original aspiration and mission that CPC members wish to do.

Hu was just one individual of the many formations comprising young Chinese in the battle against the novel coronavirus. Many more “soldiers” about her age were joining the battle and sticking to their posts across the country, report stated.

Liang Shun was a male nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Jinyintan hospital in Wuhan. Liang drove back to Wuhan immediately after he learned that the epidemic situation in Wuhan was rather serious. Seeing their son returned to his post without a good meal, Liang’s parents felt sorry for him. Liang told his parents that it was his duty to return to the hospital.

Meanwhile, Xu Wenhui, a nurse, worked in The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University. She just had an operation as the news about the epidemic came. Xu demanded that she should be arranged to work on the front line of prevention and control.

Xu’s demand was rejected at first, as the head nurse thought Xu was not physically strong enough. However, Xu insisted on including her in the team helping with the work of the ICU, so she was finally transferred from the neurology department to the ICU.

Xu’s colleague, Wu Kangqian worked in isolation wards of the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University. Wu’s father worried about her, and sent short messages to her every day, reminding her to take care of herself.

“Fear is inevitable, but as long as everyone can unite as one and work together, the epidemic is bound to be defeated,” said Wu.

Zhang Dandan, a 25-year-old head of the crew of a train from Fuzhou, the capital city of east China’s Fujian Province, to Beijing, has not had a reunion dinner with her family on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year for seven years in a row.

At present, as the coronavirus epidemic has spread in the country, every trip of Zhang’s train was a major combat experience for her. Zhang took the temperature of the crew of the train she was responsible for and checked the medicine cabinet and medical equipment on the train before departure. She patrolled the carriages and paid close attention to passengers and food safety on the train throughout the journey.

-MN Report

February 6, 2020

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