Premier calls for measures to treat patients effectively

BEIJING: A meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang called for all-out efforts to reduce the mortality rate from novel coronavirus pneumonia in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, with more targeted measures to treat patients in severe and critical condition.
The meeting of the leading group of the Communist Party of China Central Committee on coping with the outbreak also underlined the significance of improving medical treatment in the city and raising the recovery rate.
It called for quicker steps to send medical professionals to the city, as well as facilities such as heart-lung machines, along with more targeted measures to scale up treatment for patients in a severe and critical condition.
Patients with mild symptoms must be given timely medical care and treatment to prevent them from becoming severe cases, said a statement released after the meeting. Authorities in Wuhan must better implement measures to monitor communities for cases of infection and close loopholes in epidemic control and prevention at the community level to cut the sources and transmission paths of the outbreak, the statement said. The meeting required optimized measures in releasing information on the epidemic to ensure greater transparency and no cover-ups.
– The Daily Mail-China Daily News exchange item