BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--China is speeding up the building of two new hospitals in Wuhan as special emergency facilities as the country announced full confidence to win the battle against the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak.
The building of Wuhan Leishenshan Hospital and Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital is an emergency measure taken by Wuhan municipal authorities to resolve the insufficiency of the city's medical resources.
The construction of Wuhan Leishenshan Hospital, started on Jan 26, will be completed on Feb 5. The 1,300-bed hospital covers an areas of over 30,000 square meters. The Wuhan Leishenshan Hospital, covering 25,000 square meters with 700-1000 beds, was launched on Jan 24 and will be completed on Feb 2.
While meeting with World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Beijing on Jan 28, President Xi Jinping said that China has full confidence and capability to win the battle against the outbreak of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus.
The Chinese people are now fighting a very serious battle against the epidemic, Xi said, adding that the people's safety and health always come first, and thus the prevention and control of the outbreak is the country's most important work for now.
On January 27, Premier Li Keqiang visited the construction site for Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital and asked the manager of the project about the difficulties being faced and materials that were still lacking. Meeting those requests would be the government's priority, Li said.
Li stressed the importance of ensuring the quality of the project while pursuing construction speed, saying that the newly built medical facilities must function well in curbing the spread of the outbreak.
To answer the leaders' call, many Chinese companies are working around the clock at the construction sites to ensure the timely and qualified completion of the medical facilities.
Beijing GeoEnviron Engineering & Technology, Inc (BGE, SHA: 603588), a pioneer in environmental remediation and provider of pollution control and waste treatment systems, and Oriental Yuhong Waterproof Technology, Co Ltd (002271.SZ), the largest waterproofing system provider in Asia, are among the companies that are contributing to the construction of the two hospitals.
BGE engineered 35,000 square meters of anti-seepage construction in the Huoshenshan Hospital project. With the participation of over 50 staff, BGE also provides solutions for the designing of the sewage treatment project and the medical waste disposal project.
Oriental Yuhong is engaged in the waterproof construction and overall coordination with government agencies and departments to ensure the supply of advanced materials.
Immediately after finishing their work at Huoshenshan Hospital, the two companies have moved on to the Leishenshan Hospital, where they are facing more construction tasks.
According to BGE workers, after receiving the construction order at 3 am, all of the BGE workers woke up immediately and marched over three kilometers loaded with constructing equipments.
"We are available all the time and we don't have any complaints, just for the quick completion of the projects with high quality," said a worker of BGE.