The Chinese arm of International NGO Red Cross has recently come under fire for not doing enough for the people of Wuhan and Hubei province amidst the growing coronavirus crisis. The main criticism is regarding the fact that several donations of important medical supplies which were earlier promised have not been distributed to the hospitals on the frontlines of the fight against the deadly virus.
Health workers who are working in hospitals are at high risk of infection are without effective protection and have appealed for more supplies. A doctor from the Wuhan Union Hospital, which is one of the seven medical centres dealing with the Coronavirus asked why medical professionals were not getting supplies even though the country had been mobilised to combat the disease.
Seeing is believing. #Wuhan #RedCross warehouse is full of masks and resources for the medical professionals fighting at the frontline. But Red Cross refuses to distribute those to the major hospitals in Wuhan!— Himalaya Global (@HimalayaGlobal) February 1, 2020
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Allegedly to send supplies into #Wuhan and avoid the famously corrupted China Red Cross Society from confiscating them, people had to use a helicopter to directly transport supplies to a sports field near the Wuhan Union Hospital.#WuhanCoronavirus pic.twitter.com/CDFuhoumoH— W. B. Yeats (@WBYeats1865) February 1, 2020
More video of those boxes in the #Hubie province in #China full of face masks sitting on a field not being used, what has been delivered by the Intentional Red Cross fund.#coronavirus #Wuhan pic.twitter.com/VZWxzfP5Lj— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) January 31, 2020
Reports have suggested that over 2 million masks had been donated to Hubei's Red Cross but only 200,000 were distributed. Shipments of masks had also reportedly been sent to hospitals that did not actually need them since they were not combating the virus.
According to local media reports, received a total of 5,000 surgical masks while Wuhan Ren'ai and Wuhan Tianyou hospitals that do not treat coronavirus infected patients and have less number of doctors receiver 32,000 masks.
(With Agency Inputs)