With the outbreak of novel coronavirus on December 31, 2019, and with over 300 deaths following the disease, coronavirus is declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Since the majority of death cases have been registered in the city of Wuhan, China was rushing to build a hospital with 1,000 beds for the affected people by the coronavirus, which they managed to build within 10 days.
The hospital, named Huoshenshan Hospital, is now ready with a 25,000 square meters of space, accommodating 1,000 beds, and will be operated by a staff of 1,400 people.
During 2002-2003 when the SARS virus spread out, a similar hospital called the Xiaotangshan Hospital had been set up in Beijing for just seven days, which was hailed by the media as a “miracle in the history of medicine”. The Housheanshan Hospital is an equally impressive achievement.
#BREAKING Construction work of Huoshenshan Hospital, #Wuhan‘s makeshift hospital built for treating pneumonia patients infected with the novel #coronavirus completed Sunday morning; the hospital will officially start services from Monday pic.twitter.com/njpeB8xqmG
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) February 2, 2020
According to the Chinese state media China Global Television Network (CGTN.), the construction of the Huoshenshan Hospital began on January 23 and was completed on Sunday morning. And now the hospital will start to host patients starting this first Monday of February 2020.
Chinese authorities have now turned their sights toward a second emergency hospital, 25 miles away from Huoshenshan Hospital, which will be called Leishenshan Hospital. With a capacity of 1,600 beds, it is expected to open on Wednesday, according to CGTN.
Part of the reason the Chinese can build hospitals so quickly is because of their reliance on a top-down mobilization approach. “They can overcome bureaucratic nature and financial constraints and are able to mobilize all of the resources,” Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, told BBC. “China has a record of getting things done fast even for monumental projects like this,” Huang added.