August 19; The National Medical Workers' Day across China
August 19 celebrated as National Medical Workers' Day across China. The purpose of the day was to pay tribute to the role of medical personnel in protecting public health. On November 3, 2017, the State Council of China approved the observance of National Medical Day on August 19 every year. And this year marked the third national day in this regard. In the context of the global epidemic of COVID-19, the significance of this day was further enhanced this year. In China, medical personnel are at the forefront of the fight against the novel coronavirus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province and other areas. Thanks to their efforts, the epidemic in China today has been effectively controlled.
The White Paper "Fighting COVID-19China in Action", released by the Chinese government in June, pays tribute to the services of medical personnel fighting the epidemic. About 580,000 medical personnel from Wuhan City, Hubei Province and across China were reported to have rendered unparalleled services in the fight against COVID-19. They played a vital role in saving not only the Chinese people but the people of the world from the epidemic. These medical personnel erected a great wall against the epidemic and through their actions in that Dark Age sent a message of hope and light to the nation. More than 2,000 medical personnel sacrificed their lives in the fight against the epidemic, setting a perfect example of duty. Thanks to the efforts of Chinese medical personnel in the global epidemic situation, the overall recovery rate across the country as of August has been more than ninety-three percent.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has also praised the services of medical personnel who fought against COVID-19. On the occasion of National Medical Day, he praised the role of medical workers in tackling the epidemic and stressed that the people and their lives should always be given priority. In his message, he said that the role of medical personnel in the development of the health sector is of utmost importance and the medical personnel have rendered extraordinary and excellent services in the fight against the novel Corona virus. He urged medical personnel to do more for the betterment of public health and public welfare. Xi Jinping also sent a clear message to the Chinese community that the people should take care of medical personnel and provide full support to the professional affairs of medical workers. Chinese President Xi Jinping has issued instructions on several occasions before the COVID-19 to prioritize public health in the country's development strategy and to protect people's health at all costs.
President Xi Jinping led the fight against the Chinese epidemic and encouraged medical personnel at every opportunity. "You are all wearing protective clothing and masks. I can't see your faces, but you are all very close to my heart," he told medical personnel in Wuhan on March 10. These words are the best expression of the Supreme Leader's deep commitment, respect and encouragement to the medical personnel. That is why China has made history by defeating the epidemic in a very short period of time.
By the end of 2019, the number of medical personnel in China had exceeded 3.8 million, while their technical and professional capabilities had also improved and improved over time. The Chinese people also have respect and love for medical personnel and are considered the most beloved people in society. The hashtag "Medical Workers' Day" dominated Chinese social media on the occasion of National Medical Workers' Day, and nearly 90 million people expressed their feelings in this regard, showing the Chinese people's commitment to medical workers.