MFT Group of Companies, together with its healthcare arm—Mondial Medical Technologies—will help build emergency quarantine facilities to be donated to three state-run hospitals that are almost exceeding full capacity due to the rising number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients under their care.
This is in support of a larger undertaking spearheaded by a group of architects to build emergency quarantine facilities across the country.
With these facilities, MFT Group and Mondial aim to address the shortage of rooms, thus enabling more hospitals to accommodate COVID-19 patients and prevent other persons under monitoring (PUMs) or persons under investigation (PUIs) from being sent home.
“We have all seen how our brave frontliners are facing this medical crisis head on, albeit with no full gears on. That’s why it is only fitting that, in our own capacity, MFT Group, and our subsidiary Mondial, do our part in looking for new opportunities to help them and support their needs with a common goal of saving more lives,” said MFT Group chief executive officer Mica Tan.
MFT Group will donate these temporary quarantine facilities to the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City and to the Fernando Air Base Hospital in Lipa, Batangas.
For its part, Mondial will donate the facility to Ospital ng Maynila.
“It is quite alarming to hear reports about suspected COVID patients asked to go home, because hospitals could no longer accommodate them. We are thankful that our partner firm Plaza + Partners paved the way for us to become a part of this project,” said MFT Group chief Operating Officer Dr. Enrique Tan said.
“This is the reason we, at Mondial, chose to help build emergency quarantine facilities to prevent people who need to undergo quarantine from being forced to go home, as this might spread the virus, when, in fact, we should all help stop it,” he added.
The facilities, designed by WTA Architecture and Design Studio, can be constructed in 5 to 7 days.
The design, which can be replicated by others free of charge, is a horizontal structure that makes use of protective skin of transparent, translucent, and opaque plastic enveloping each wooden structure.
According to William Ti, principal architect of WTA Architecture and Design Studio, the 15-bed emergency quarantine facility can be fitted with partitions to segregate the patients. It also includes a testing area and testing box, toilets with toiletries, sanitation and disinfection areas, and a nurse’s lounge.