July 30, 1952
Mao Zedong, 'Comments on the Sanitation Services of the Volunteer Army'
Comments on the Sanitation Services of the Volunteer Army
(13 July 1952)
Comrade [Peng] Dehuai:
30 July 
 This is Mao Zedong’s comments written for Vice Chairman of the People’s Revolutionary Military Commission, Peng Dehuai, on a report dated 28 July 1952 from the General Logistics Department, People’s Revolutionary Military Commission, Central People’s Government.
 A reference to a report on the work situation of a [team] dispatched to North Korea to survey first aid field operations, sanitation and epidemic prevention, and combatting germ warfare, from the from the General Logistics Department, People’s Revolutionary Military Commission, Central People’s Government. The report outlined the achievements of, as well as the problems still currently existing, the Logistics Department of the [Chinese People’s] Volunteer Army in rescuing, treating, and transferring sick and wounded since entering Korea. [It also] put forth proposals to resolve problems.
 The seven proposals put forth by the General Logistics Department, People’s Revolutionary Military Commission, Central People’s Government, in the report were: (1) increasing the number of hygiene workers at the company level; (2) establishing epidemic prevention teams at the army, division, and regiment levels; (3) equipping hospitals and medical detachments with ambulances; (4) expanding the authorized strength of the Volunteer Army’s Health Department; (5) have health authorities at the division-level and below directly report to leadership at the same level of the military and government; (6) the number of [soldiers] rest homes at the division-level should be equal to [number] of army medical clinics (detachments); (7) dispatch poison gas experts and chemists to the front to do prevention and control work.
Mao Zedong's positive comment on the work of the Sanitation Services of the Chinese People's Volunteers.
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