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Medical care improves in Zhouqu County

08-13-2010 08:16 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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Rescue efforts are continuing in Zhouqu County, and medical care is crucial to the relief work. As our reporter Guan Xin finds out, local doctors are trying their best to treat injured people, and extra medical aid is also arriving in the area.

Houses have been toppled and streets are flooded. The disaster has brought pain to thousands.

Medical care is urgently needed to treat injured people.

This is the local hospital, which luckily survived the disaster, and is continuing to provide basic treatment for the injured.

Ms. Wang hurt her leg in Sunday's landslide. After four days of treatment, it's gradually healing.

Landslide survivor Ms. Wang said, "The medical treatment came just in time. The wound is much better now. "

But the hospital can only provide basic treatment. Those seriously hurt have been sent to hospitals in nearby cities.

But there is still a need for more medication. The hot weather and lack of water have caused several cases of diarrhoea. With the arrival of aid materials and medical staff, the situation is improving significantly.

Yang Qingju, doctor of Zhouqu County hospital, said, "When the disaster hit, there were so many wounded people, we were really running out of hands. But with the arrival of aid from outside, conditions have improved a lot."

We witnessed an aid team arriving with a supply of medical materials from Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province.

Driver of Lanzhou University Hospital Aid Group said, "We left Lanzhou 1:30 yesterday afternoon, but the road was cut off in the night due to the new landslide caused by the heavy downpour. We finally managed to arrive this morning."

This is the fifth batch of medical materials to arrive at the hospital.

"This is a breakdown of the medical aid materials. We can see it's a long list. There are 4,000 medical masks and other devices, and thousands of medicines like antibiotics. These can help ease the demand for medication in Zhouqu County."

Aid is also coming from medical staff. Forty seven medical teams with more than 700 members from around the country are working in Zhouqu, to protect the health of survivors. Officials say preventing an epidemic is now the priority.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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