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Restoring lab water supply to hospitals in Wuhan, China


Source: Veolia Water Technologies

Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine contracted Veolia Water Technologies for emergency support when one of their lab water treatment equipment malfunctioned on February 6, 2020. The hospital is one of the 23 hospitals designated to provide intensive treatment to COVID-19 patients in Wuhan.

A shutdown of the water system would immobilize the laboratory and even the entire hospital, a disaster which could not be afforded.

Wenpan ZHANG, a ELGA Service Engineer who has been with Veolia Water Technologies China for 9 years, stepped forward to handle this courageous mission, armed with a comprehensive safety and maintenance plan.

“More than 80% of the major hospitals in Wuhan are Veolia customers, and we had to be ready to keep our professional commitment whatever the circumstances. I assumed this risky mission with a comprehensive safety and maintenance plan in hand. I diagnosed the problem over the phone prior to the visit on site and I prepared my visit as best as possible, minimizing my exposure by avoiding public areas and peak hours. The Veolia Safety & Quality Service gave me advice and I prepared 3 sets of protective suits to limit the risks of contamination between my home, my transportation and the hospital. We kept in touch throughout the process.”

With effective troubleshooting skills, Wenpan resolved the issue within 3.5 hours on-site. Upon completion, Wenpan immediately evacuated the site and proceeded to quarantine himself at a hotelto avoid posing any risk to his family members back home. Additional safety protocols were also carried out, such as regular disinfection, temperature checks, and notifying his local residential committee about his mission.

Despite it being a lonely mission, throughout the lockdown period, Wenpan stayed on and remained on call to support several other hospitals in the area that required emergency maintenance services.

“It definitely felt great to contribute to this fight against the pandemic in my professional capacity, and I am thankful that I have remained safe and healthy”, shared Wenpan.

Restoring lab water supply to hospitals in Wuhan, China

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