At the beginning of the lunar new year, an outbreak of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus now named COVID-19 broken out and soon spread rapidly in China, which brings severe challenge to every individual organization and companies due to the burstiness and infectiousness. In the face of menacing epidemic, AIER Eye Hospital Group and the local AIER hospitals immediately established epidemic prevention and control working groups and organized over 400 hospitals across the country to actively carry out prevention, control assistance and other actions against the virus.
Mr. Bang Chen, the chairman of AIER Eye Hospital Group, said, "the epidemic is an order and support is our responsibility. Although AIER is an ophthalmology specialized hospital group, in the face of a major epidemic, our doctors and nurses volunteered for aid, regardless of remuneration and death, and devote themselves to the forefront to fight against the epidemic! Showing the courage and selflessness of AIER People!" On February 8th, the Provincial Government of Hunan Provincial Party Committee named AIER Eye Hospital Group's performance and responsibility in the prevention and control of the epidemic in a thanking note.
As of February 16th, AIER Eye Hospital Group has a total of 1,519 medical staff from 132 AIER's hospitals in 24 provinces actively joined the government’s various fronts for the epidemic prevention and control.
As of February 19th, the cumulative donation of AIER Eye Hospital Group reached 43 million yuan. Among them, 27 million yuan was donated directly to fight the COVID-19, and 16 million yuan was donated through Eye Care Foundation.
On January 29, at the beginning of the outbreak, Wuhan, as the epicenter of the epidemic, faced unprecedented challenges. Several clinical hospitals, such as the Wuhan University Renmin Hospital and Zhongnan Hospital, are the front-line main forces to fight the epidemic. AIER Eye Hospital Group decided to donate 5 million yuan to the Wuhan University Education & Development Foundation to support Wuhan.
On February 2nd, the epidemic situation showed a new trend. The confirmed cases in other cities of Hubei Province was rapidly increasing, but the conditions for the prevention and control of the COVID-19 are much worse than in Wuhan. The task of epidemic prevention and control is very arduous and needs more help from all walks of life. AIER announced to donate an additional 10 million yuan to support other cities and counties in Hubei Province to strengthen the prevention and control of the epidemic.
On February 10, the top medical teams from all over the country provided large-scale reinforcements to Hubei province. As the leading and main force team to help Hubei province, all three affiliated Xiangya Hospitals of Central South University, also need the support of all sectors of society. AIER once again decided to donate 10 million yuan to Central South University specifically for the prevention and control of COVID-19 in its affiliated hospitals, helping to fight the epidemic as soon as possible!On February 19, the nationwide fight against the COVID-19 entered a critical period. There are still a large number of newly diagnosed patients in need of emergency medical assistance in Hubei province, especially in Wuhan, while the tasks of checking and the prevention and control in communities are heavy. After a full assessment of the situation, AIER once again decisively donated another 10 million yuan and 6 million yuan to the front lines of Hubei and Hunan respectively through the Eye Care Foundation.
As of February 16th, a total of 205 medical staff from the hospitals of AIER Eye Hospital Group have directly participated in the treatment of patients with COVID-19.
The 16 million yuan was donated to 6 organizations:
Donated 5 million yuan to Wuhan University Education & Development Foundation to support research on the prevention and control of COVID-19;
Donated 2 million yuan to Hubei Charity Federation for the prevention and control of COVID-19 in designated hospitals and community medical service centers;
Donated 1 million yuan to Wuhan Charity Federation to support the prevention and control of COVID-19 in Wuhan’s designated hospitals and community medical service center;
Donated 1 million yuan to Wuchang to Charity Federation to support the epidemic prevention headquarters and community medical service centers in Wuchang District, Wuhan;
Donated 1 million yuan to Hubei Youth Development Foundation to support the prevention and control of COVID-19 in designated hospitals in Hubei province;
Donated 6 million yuan to Hunan Charity Federation to support the front-line of the epidemic prevention and control work in communities in Hunan province.
Except for the core hospitals, which are tasked with fighting the epidemic, most of the donated funds will be distributed to the forefront and the grass-roots level communities aiming to completely sever the spread of COVID-19. Through targeted donations, resources have been made more effective, and areas with severe outbreaks have received more support.
On January 25th, two days after Wuhan closed the city, all kinds of rumors flooded, seriously disrupting the public information, causing unnecessary panic! There is an urgent need for more factual information on the development of the epidemic. AIER contributed 500,000 yuan to support the "Media Tea Forum" of the All-China Journalists Association and co-issued the "Special Assistance Project for Epidemic Reporters", which could encourage them by subsidizing reporters and journalists who have directly participated in reporting in Wuhan. At the same time, through their reports, the masses can get more real and valuable information about the prevention and control of COVID-19.
On February 11th, in order to solve the emergency supplies, especially the masks. AIER contributed 1.5 million yuan in total to purchased two mask production equipment and donated them to the institution designated by the Changsha Municipal Government.
More than a Thousand of AIER’s medical workers joined the battle against COVID-19
As of February 16th, the hospitals of AIER Eye Hospital Group have set up 323 emergency support teams of various types, and medical staff have submitted more than 2,400 application letters. A total of 1,519 medical staff from 132 AIER's hospitals in 24 provinces actively participated in the government’s various fronts for the epidemic prevention and control and 205 medical staff are directly involved in the treatment of patients with COVID-19. These ordinary people have demonstrated their extraordinariness with selfless!
On February 4th, Xiaogan AIER Eye Hospital was formally requisitioned by the local COVID-19 prevention and control headquarter.
On February 4th, Xiaogan AIER Eye Hospital was formally requisitioned by the local COVID-19 prevention and control headquarter as an isolated observation area for the third type of fever patients. Xiaogan AIER Eye Hospital was fully prepared for this, its medical staff presented good mental outlook and professional quality, and were highly appraised by the visiting local government officials.
On February 9th, 3 hospitals of Wuhan AIER Eye Hospital dispatched a total of 20 excellent nursing staff to emergency assist mobile cabin hospital.
On February 9th, following the emergency notice from the Health and Medical Committee of Hubei Province and Wuhan City, 3 hospitals of Wuhan AIER Eye Hospital assembled medical staff within 6 hours and dispatched 20 excellent nursing staff to aid the mobile cabin hospital.
At present, Hanyang AIER Eye Hospital has been listed in the government's fourth hospital requisition lists. Other AIER's hospitals are also preparing to cooperate with government departments to incorporate hospitals (including medical staff, equipment, houses, etc.) into designated local prevention and control medical institutions.
Other support from AIER
AIER Eye Hospital Group’s domestic institutions and personnel actively raise and donate a large amount of protective materials. According to incomplete statistics, a total of nearly 100,000 medical masks, more than 30,000 sets of goggles were donated, and more than 1 million yuan was donated spontaneously through various platform.
Blessings from AIER·Malaysia
Blessings from AIER·Europe
Blessings from AIER·America
Though miles apart, we are under the same sky. AIER's overseas institutions and hospitals located in Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia have sent moving videos of blessings and greetings. Through their help, nearly 500,000 pieces of various protective materials have been imported from overseas. Besides, AIER's overseas suppliers have also supported and donated more than 30,000 pieces of materials, and has facilitated the procurement and transportation of these materials.
On February 7, Dr. Wenliang Li of Wuhan Central Hospital died of COVID-19. His wife, Mrs.Fu, is an employee of Wuhan AIER Eye Hospital and they have two children. After knowing this, the Group immediately decided to launch Employee Care Program for Li's family.
AIER Eye Hospital Group has always been committing to its mission of " enabling everyone, whether poor or rich, has the right to eye health" proving better service, undertaking social responsibilities, and caring for employees.
On February 7, Dr. Wenliang Li of Wuhan Central Hospital died of COVID-19. His wife, Mrs.Fu, is an employee of Wuhan AIER Eye Hospital and they have two children, one is only 5 years old and the other is not yet born. After learning about this, the Group immediately decided to launch Employee Care Program for Li's family and will pay the living allowance and tuition for the two children until graduation.
Sparing no effort to fight the epidemic and improve medical serviceability.
The unexpected epidemic has given us a huge challenge at the beginning of 2020. In order to meet the overall requirements of the prevention and control to COVID-19, and to ensure the safety of our patients and employees, the general outpatient clinics of AIER's hospitals have been closed! We must strictly guard against visible risks, Invisible and sudden risks are the touchstone to test our ability!
While fully cooperating with the prevention and control of the epidemic, our medical staff risked being infected and overcame all difficulties, opened emergency clinics to meet the needs of emergency treatment for some patients with eye trauma and glaucoma. As of February 16th, a total of more than 40,000 cases were received in the emergency department. At the same time, various hospitals have also opened one-on-one expert online consultation platforms and hotline services for patients, allowing patients to consult with professional doctors online for free, which guaranteed patients' personal safety and medical needs.
It is no denying that although the general outpatient clinic is closed, AIER's mission to keep eye-health for patients cannot pause.
Mr.Hou Zhenxue (right) of Shaoguan AIER Eye Hospital was fighting the epidemic in the frontline while his father died unexpectedly on January 28.
This special vacation caused by the epidemic are exactly the time to forge teams and increase strength. The Group's training department and BUs have step up the online training for medical staff who were trapped at home. The Group has launched the "Research Capability Enhancement Plan during the Epidemic" specifically for scientific researchers, compiling nearly 100,000 words of general guidance courseware on scientific research capabilities, which creates a good atmosphere for them to research and study. It is their unremitting pursuit of professional ability and quality that can provide patients a higher quality medical service, and also build up our confidence for establishing a century-enterprise!
The prevention and control of COVID-19 is not only a battle against the epidemic, but also a test for our responsibility. Our country is the strong backing of AIER, and AIER can be the strong backing of AIER's employees.
Mr. Li Li, the President of AIER Eye Hospital Group, Said that after the end of the epidemic, AIER will increase investment in Hubei as soon as possible to support the development of AIER·Hubei. At the same time, the Group will further increase the recruitment of senior medical professionals globally. AIER will not let the epidemic obstruct AIER’s development but take the opportunity to take off again!
2020 is the year that our country completes the process of building a moderately well-off society in all aspects, the last year of "Thirteenth Five-Year Plan", and the second decade of AIER’s new journey. Although the epidemic has caused a huge impact on our society, but under the strong leadership of the Party and the government, we believe: Winter will eventually pass, and spring is sure to come! After the rain, there will be more bright sunshine!
AIER Eye Hospital Group