Since June 1, Zhengzhou City in Henan Province has been conducting nucleic acid testing normalization. Testing booths are installed everywhere to ensure nucleic acid samples are collected from every 15-minute sampling circle.
After only one day of mass testing, the test chambers revealed several design faults.
The test chambers are poorly designed, with the medical professionals inside forced to squat on a chair. At the same time, the individual outside has to adopt a posture as if riding a horse—knees spread apart and bending forward.
Collecting samples for testing from patients is comical—For the testing staff inside, it’s too low when sitting in a chair, yet if standing up, it’s too high; hence, they must crouch on the chair, with their hands sticking through the gloves linked to the spectacles.
This illogical design is not convenient for medical personnel. As for the people outside being tested—they were too tall when standing—and too short if sitting, so they had to adopt a horse riding posture. Finally, some health workers couldn’t tolerate it any longer and put up a tiny table outside the test chamber to collect temporary samples.
Squatting on a chair … a so-called convenient nucleic acid test room transformed into a “house of trouble,” according to the yxj news.
According to the newspaper, white-shirted workers crouching, civilians stooped over as though sitting in a saddle, and children out of reach … Various sorts of “inconveniences have recently prompted heated debates when taking nucleic acid samples in the newly set up test chambers.”
The nucleic acid sample booth was advertised nationwide as an integral feature of the 15-minute nucleic acid sampling process. However, due to the lack of a cohesive system, several aspects of the design were flawed, leading to abandoned medical booths, and sampling occurred directly outside the test chamber.
As per Sohu, space designer Ding stated that such nucleic acid test chambers should be inspected for service functions as thoroughly as feasible before production.
“Many such nucleic acid test chambers must have been designed in a rush by vendors, resulting in issues when used in practice.”
NetEase also released a story titled, “The design of the nucleic acid test room in Henan has been questioned, with doctors and nurses crouching on seats and individuals stooping to give samples.”
“The design of this sampling room is absurd.” Song Huixing, a Zhengzhou’s Jinshui District resident, told Epoch Times. “It is difficult for those inside to take samples while those outside must kneel. Scanning the code is quite inconvenient. People are queuing outside in the hot sun. There are already people in line when the testing room opens. Unlike in the past, the medical personnel are frequently late, and no one is present during working hours.”
“Children over three must be tested, according to the law. My son is three and a half. While waiting for the test, I had to squat and hold my kid. My legs hurt after a while, and the elderly must suffer.”
Authorities, he added, require proof of positive nucleic acid test findings within 48 hours to access and exit restricted areas. Anyone whose nucleic acid result is more than 48 hours old will be denied access to public restrooms. The elderly can only go to the morning market to buy food because a code must be scanned to enter the shopping mall, so they cannot enter without a cell phone. And there is no way to scan the code on the bus.
According to Hu, an employee of a company in Zhengzhou, the nucleic acid sample in Zhengzhou is like a battery, only lasting 48 hours after a single charge. As a result, you won’t be able to use public transportation, visit the mall, or even enter the corporate headquarters if you don’t have one.
However, Mr. Hu said: “The working hours of the nucleic acid sampling hut are not reasonable. In the morning people go to work, they are not active, in the evening when people come home from work, they all rest. Therefore, the so-called convenience services are not convenient at all.”
According to NetEase, some netizens ridiculed the test booths as big business for Haier Bio in Henan. According to NetEase, a Zhengzhou-based company called Hailemiao won the tender for the procurement of nucleic acid sample chambers for Henan province, with the transaction amounting to 46,800 yuan (about 7,000 dollars) each.
According to Qichacha, a Chinese corporate credit investigation agency, Hailemio, the company that designed the test chamber, is a subsidiary of Haier Biotechnology of Haier Group. It was registered on May 7 this year, meaning the company was established only 11 days after winning the bid on May 18.
According to Haier Biomedical’s WeChat news, the testing chambers offered by Hailemio are currently in use in over 5,000 hospitals, disease control centers, and community centers, among other facilities in over 200 cities across 31 provinces in China.
According to NetEase, a sampling chamber for 2,000 people has erected in the main metro area, and a sampling chamber for 3,000 people was established in a district area, according to news published by Zhengzhou Municipal Epidemic Prevention and Control agency. The city has established 4,378 sampling booths, of which 3,796 are in the central metropolitan region.
Henan province planned 14,000 nucleic acid testing chambers and spent at least 650 million yuan (about 97.42 million dollars) developing the cabins.
Soochow Securities estimates it will cost China 4.75 billion yuan (about 710 million) to provide a sampling chamber for every 3,000 persons in classes 1 and 2 metropolitan regions across the country.