Shanghai people help each other amid the blockade
Horace Lu didn’t expect his public relations skills to help him buy fresh food for his neighbors amid Shanghai’s lockdown.
Since Shanghai began its phased lockdown on March 28, Lu, 32, has spent a total of 2,700 yuan ($425) on vegetables, fresh meat and 500 eggs for himself and his neighbors thanks to local businesses. online support tools.
Lu lives in a residential area on the east side of the Huangpu River, where the initial blockade order was lifted on March 31, although most communities in the area are still subject to restrictive measures.
“Pudong sellers require bulk orders, which means it’s necessary to bring together people with common needs,” Lu said.
He used the online questionnaire and data note form template of Tencenty, the Shenzhen-based tech giant, to collect information from 60 neighbors in the WeChat group and pass it on to the supplier. food.
Many of Shanghai’s 26 million people have used similar tools to source community resources, disseminate information and connect with people in need, as the city faces food shortages and shortages. medicine in the context of the worst Covid-19 outbreak.
Ma Xuan Loi, party secretary of Shanghai, on March 31 apologized for “not fully ensuring the essential needs of people in the blockaded area”. The two online medical documents on Tencent, “Shanghai Emergency Medical Aid” and the list of “hospitals, online counseling, prescription filling and psychological support” are both written by local university students. initiative during the recent outbreak.
“The city is facing a shortage of medical resources due to the pandemic, and people in need of emergency are not getting enough attention,” said Hua Rongqi, a student at the University of International Business and Economics who wrote the document. Online “emergency medical help” on the evening of March 30 after reading information about critically ill patients seeking help on social networks, said.
Hua along with more than 30 classmates self-identified as the “protection group” of Shanghai. Team members maintain and update data online, providing information such as which hospitals still have outpatient services and posting details of some cases on Weibo to attract attention. This document has been viewed more than 100,000 times.
In the context of the mass blockade of the Pudong area, more than 20 hospitals in the city have closed their usual outpatient services, putting pressure on already overwhelmed medical resources and making people with asthma, kidney failure, cancer, and emergency patients face higher risks.
On the morning of April 1, more than 500 people have entered information into an online document, most of them are cancer and diabetes patients who need chemotherapy, urgent dialysis or need to buy medicine. More than 30 patients were treated in time thanks to Hua’s team.
Joyce Chen, a Pudong resident whose father has diabetes and needs periodic dialysis, said it was difficult to find a treatment facility when the hospital her father often visited had temporarily stopped accepting outpatients. during the blockade.
“We waited two days and finally found a way to filter my father’s blood. He had an itchy rash all over his body,” Chen said. “But we don’t know when and how to pass the next dialysis.”
The Pudong District Health Department had to apologize for “improper handling” of an emergency doctor who refused to provide a defibrillator to a resident in Pudong during the blockade on the grounds that he needed to apply. permission from superiors. This patient had an asthma attack and died.
Before the city-wide blockade, a female nurse also died of an asthma attack after the hospital where she was working in Pudong refused to receive treatment because it was closed to disinfect Covid-19.
“We really wish the government could set up a mobile ambulance team after seeing cases like this,” Hua said.
Lu, who has been unable to leave the apartment complex since March 19 and may face a new blockade due to the new Covid-19 case recorded in the building, said he may still have to rely on these tools for a few more days. .
He has seen people in the area using Jielong Wechat, a group chat that allows users to fill in summary information that everyone can see.
“Everybody uses WeChat so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem,” Lu said, adding that some elderly people still need help using the tool. He says the online tool is a useful way “to do things yourself” instead of waiting for someone else to help.
Shanghai is recording several thousand new infections a day, making the city the epicenter of China’s worst Covid-19 outbreak after the first outbreak in Wuhan in early 2020.
China recorded more than 7,300 infections nationwide on April 1. This number is very small compared to many countries, but is considered alarming in China, which persists in pursuing the “No Covid” policy.
Hong Hanh (According to SCMP/AFP)
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