3月5日，武汉智迅创源科技发展股份有限公司国际业务经理柯凡，代表公司接受法国Directindustry工业平台电子杂志e-Magazine电话采访，介绍在covid-19疫情期间，智迅创源人克服重重困难，积极复工复产，为支援抗疫一线医院，保障急需医疗产品供应所贡献的力量。以下是 DirectIndustry e-Magazine总编辑 Camille Rustici女士撰写的报道文章。
by Camille Rustici
March 12, 2020, Updated on March 19, 2020
作者：法国 DirectIndustry e-Magazine总编辑， Camille Rustici女士。
Wuhan is back to work. Companies are gradually resuming work in the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, Chinese authorities announced on Wednesday. While the factories that make essentials can do so without delay, others will have to wait for an authorization. We talked to a medical supplies manufacturer that reopened its doors mid-February.
Wuhan is better. President Xi Jinping said that the spread of the coronavirus was “basically curbed”. In the epicenter of the epidemic, the city of 11 million inhabitants who were in complete quarantine the last 6 weeks, some companies are back to work. These include medical companies, public services suppliers and supermarkets.
We spoke with Kathie Ke, International Business Manager for Wuhan-based medical devices manufacturer WEO. The company produces medical supplies such as oxygen inhalation turbines and infusion sets. Their factory reopened several weeks ago.
我们采访了位于武汉的医疗器械制造商W.E.O (武汉智迅创源) 的国际业务经理柯凡Kathie Ke。该公司生产的医用耗材，如吸氧管路和输液器等。工厂在数周前就已经重新开工了。
“After the holiday [Chinese New Year], when a lot of people were getting sick, there was an increase demand for medical supplies. On February 14, our company asked the local authorities to increase the production to face the demand, which was approved. We started to call our employees back to work and on February 17, the production started again.”
If WEO wanted to quickly reopen its factory, it is because one of the products of its portfolio is oxygen inhalation turbines. They are important to treat patients that are infected.
“The oxygen therapy is the most important treatment today for covid-19, so oxygen devices such as the one we make are the most needed by hospitals. There was an urgent need to make more of them to treat more people”.
So far, WEO was able to donate 3000 oxygen inhalation devices to the Huoshenshan hospital, the Wuhan hospital that was built in just 10 days.
But it was not easy for the employees to go back to the factory. Because of transportation restrictions to come inside Wuhan, only the staff already present in the city are allowed to resume work. WEO provides transportation for the employees from home to the factory and back.
“We have taken measures inside the factory. We disinfect every day and monitor people’s temperature daily. We make sure that the environment is sterile and clean and that everybody is healthy everyday. Our workers are wearing surgical masks that have a level of protection that is enough for them to work. And we are happy to say that there is no case of coronavirus in our staff. No one is infected.”
Since the beginning of the outbreak, the impact on the company’s business is being felt. With the restrictions on transportations, a lot of WEO’s employees have not been able to come back to Wuhan. But Kathie Ke wants to look on the bright side:
“Things are getting better now. There are fewer and fewer infected people in Wuhan everyday. The number of cured and released people is increasing and the number of people in quarantine is decreasing. The situation is much better now than in January and February.”
According to the Hubei government, factories working in the automotive and electronics industries will be able to return to work after obtaining an authorization. Other companies will be allowed to restart their activities by March 21st.
While the situation in Wuhan seems to be improving, the WHO has just characterized the covid-19 epidemic as a world pandemic.