“The hospital has taken good care of us and is very considerate. Thank you very much!” When recalling the rehabilitation process, a 79-year-old man in Wuhan told the commentator of International Review.
As China ’s top leaders have always emphasized since the outbreak, we must put people ’s lives and health in the first place. In Wuhan, the region with the worst epidemic in China, this has been truly reflected.
The old man named Fu Chunzhi was unfortunately infected with COVID-19 in February this year, and her wife became a suspected case. Under the careful treatment of the Hanyang campus of the Wuhan Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, the old couple turned to safety after being in hospital for more than ten days.
In Wuhan, there are many patients like Fu Chunzhi who have come out of the epidemic and returned to normal life. As of 24:00 on April 18th, the number of confirmed cases in Wuhan dropped to 109 and severe cases decreased to 22. Behind this is a arduous process in which fresh life is struggling to be saved from the edge of death.
According to an official from the National Health and Welfare Commission of China, among more than 2,500 elderly patients over 80 years of age diagnosed in Wuhan, the treatment success rate is about 70%. Among them, 7 centenarians have been cured and discharged. As one of the most difficult groups to treat, the high cure rate of the sick elderly confirms the principle of the supremacy of life in China ’s national defense. People noticed that the Politburo meeting of the CPC Central Committee held on the 17th made a request that Hubei and Wuhan should continue to do a good job in epidemic prevention and control, and carefully treat and care for critically ill patients.
Under the crisis, China’s respect for life and rescue are seen in the details.
To support the epidemic prevention in Hubei and Wuhan, more than 42,000 medical personnel were dispatched from all parts of China to help quickly; in order to ensure that the sick patients “should be collected and treated as soon as possible”, Wuhan built a centralized hospital and a group of parties in a short time After the country ’s deployment and procurement, materials such as artificial lung equipment (ECMO) and other urgently needed medical equipment were sent to Wuhan one after another … In the face of this new China since its establishment, it has the fastest spread, the most widespread infection, and the most difficult to prevent and control. In a major public health emergency, “China Speed”, “China Scale” and “China Efficiency” fully demonstrated, with only one goal-to save lives to the greatest extent.
According to Chinese officials, as of April 6, the per capita medical cost of diagnosed inpatients in China reached 21,500 yuan, the per capita treatment cost of severe patients exceeded 150,000 yuan, and the treatment cost of a few critically ill patients reached several hundred thousand yuan or even more than one million yuan. , Medical insurance is reimbursed according to regulations. A financial subsidy policy for personal expenses is in the making. This fundamentally solves the worries of the public about medical treatment.
China’s efforts to save lives are impressive. Bruce Elward, a senior adviser to the WHO Director-General who once led a team to a field visit to China, said that China knows how to recover COVID-19 patients, and they have made up their minds and invested a lot, “Whatever you use, As long as we can save lives, we can save lives. ” Reuters commented that China’s “incredibly difficult measures” have protected hundreds of thousands of people from the virus.
A few days ago, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai was interviewed by Bremer, the president of Eurasia Group. When asked about China ’s experience in responding to the epidemic, he replied that putting people ’s lives and health in the first place is the most important for China, especially We must protect vulnerable groups, including the elderly, people with basic diseases and the poor, at all costs.
In fact, how to save lives in the face of a crisis tests the conscience and action of a country and society. It is only in this extreme situation that people have a deeper scrutiny and reflection on the relationship between individuals and society, and between individuals and the state.
In this epidemic, people heard many unfortunate stories. For example, in the United States, the world ’s largest developed country, COVID-19 has the most cumulative confirmed cases and deaths in the world. The US media described the epidemic as far more traumatic than the “9.11” incident, which shows its great impact on the country’s society.
Has commented that an epidemic has highlighted chronic diseases such as racial discrimination and social injustice in American society. For example, the country ’s 29 million uninsured patients pay $ 35,000 for 7 days of treatment; people of color have the highest number of reported cases of infections and deaths, and about half of the infected and 70% of those in Chicago are of African descent. According to the “New York Times” report on the 17th, since the end of February, at least 7,000 people in the nation’s nursing home system have died of COVID-19, accounting for more than one-fifth of the nation’s deaths.
It is worth noting that the US government announced the 18-page “opening the US again” document on the 16th, instructing the states to restart the economy in three stages, and handing the final decision-making power to the state governors. However, US public opinion believes that the current detection range of COVID-19 is far from the level that can allow people to resume work safely, and the case data does not seem as optimistic as the “leading epidemic peak” has been declared by US leaders: According to Johns Hope According to Kings University data, as of 6:40 a.m. Beijing time on April 19, the cumulative number of diagnoses in the United States exceeded 730,000, with more than 38,000 deaths.
Observers believe that the mistakes made by the US government caused a humanitarian disaster. Investigating its root causes, the logic of capital supremacy and the intensification of the polarization between the rich and the poor have prevented the most important right to life of the American people from being fully protected. Westerners believe in the concept of “natural selection and survival of the fittest”, which forms a paradox with the values ​​of justice and equality that they advertise, resulting in the disregard of the interests of socially disadvantaged groups under crisis. Many analysts believe that one of the major consequences of this epidemic is a crisis of Western social governance models and values.
Everyone’s life is only once. No matter what kind of social system, respect and protection of life are the basic bottom line. The so-called “this may be life” should never be an excuse for politicians to shirk their responsibilities. Only by letting go of prejudice, abandoning private interests, and strengthening cooperation can we earn more time for saving lives.