Retired soldiers'?mercy mission to Wuhan
Medical equipment weighing around 1.5 tons was transported from Shanghai to Wuhan, heart of the current coronavirus epidemic, on Tuesday afternoon.
Around 80 medical devices, which can equip 10 ambulances, were collected by Ruijin Hospital after an urgent request from the Red Cross Society of China.
The goods were due to be transported by two helicopters arranged by the Red Cross but weather conditions in Shanghai meant they couldn’t fly. The goods finally got on their way on trucks driven by members of a veteran rescue association.
The drivers are retired soldiers who have been involved in anti-epidemic transport since the Spring Festival.
Dr Chen Haitao, vice president of Ruijin Hospital, said it had sent four medical teams to Wuhan and three teams to Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, the city’s designated hospital for coronavirus patients.