Chen Jingyuan, Director of the Health Bureau, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Central Military Commission’s Logistics and Support Department, stated that over 10,000 military healthcare workers have been engaged on the coronavirus epidemic control and, as of now, they have maintained “zero infection.”
Chen said that starting January 24, the PLA had sent three patches, with a total of over 4,000 medical staff members to Wuhan, including managing the Huoshenshan and other hospitals.
On the other hand, there has been a higher number of infections of healthcare staff members on the civilian side. China Business Network reported that, on February 17, there was a high-profile controversy between the National Health Commission and China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The National Health Commission reported over 1,700 medical staff members had been infected with the coronavirus, while China’s CDC reported more than 3,000 cases. The National Health Commission later said that the CDC count might have included medical professionals who were infected at home, not on the job.
Editor’s Note: Even the lower count of the civilian medial staff’s infections of 1,700 cases as of February 17 presented a big contrast to the military’s “zero infection.” Does that mean the military has a special effective protection measure or has not been actively engaged in patient treatment and is thus much less exposed to danger?
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1. Excerpt in Chinese:
Source: CCTV, March 2, 2020
2. Excerpt in Chinese:
Source: China Business Network, February 18, 2020