Urumqi, Xinjiang has been locked down for over 60 days since the detection of COVID-19 cases in early August, and the pandemic is still spreading. It was reported that over 3,000 kidney failure patients in Urumqi are currently not receiving dialysis or treatment.
The government’s official Weibo account titled “Urban China” posted on October 16 that dialysis patients are seeking help in Urumqi, Xinjiang. They are struggling to stay alive and have waited at home for 5 to 10 days, which is a long time. According to some patients, there are currently only two hospitals in Urumqi, the Eighth Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University (the hospital designated to treat COVID-19 in Inner Mongolia) and Urumqi International Hospital.
According to China News, Urumqi has 20 hemodialysis centers, 54 hemodialysis doctors and 187 nurses, 592 hemodialysis machines, and 3,218 patients needing regular dialysis. However, there is currently no data on patients undergoing dialysis in Urumqi.
On October 14, the daughter of a patient needing dialysis posted on Weibo, “Urumqi International Hospital said to have 30 dialysis machines, so I brought my mother in. Now it’s the third day but I haven’t seen any dialysis machines. There’s also no doctor there. Over half of the 87 patients are not on dialysis, and none of the 4 machines in the aisle are being used. It’s been 6 days since my mom’s last dialysis. She has no one taking care of her and has not been transferred to another hospital, nor is there any hospital to accept her.”
The daughter also said that starting on October 4 no one has been allowed to leave the city and the number of patients requiring dialysis is constantly increasing, but no one is using the dialysis equipment, or any medical equipment. An official of the Wuhan Dialysis Quality Control Center once said, “If I get COVID, my survival rate is more than 90%, but without dialysis, our survival rate is zero.”
A netizen commented and was quoted by Vision Times, “There is a high probability that no one will die from COVID-19, but from the fascist pandemic prevention policy.”
Starting at 8 a.m. on August 10, Urumqi implemented temporary quarantine measures for 5 days in 6 districts. An official from Urumqi said that the virus causing this outbreak is a variant of the Omicron strain BA.5.2, which is more infectious.