SCG together with Vietnam in COVID-19 fight

August 24, 2021 | 10:53
In the face of the complicated development of the pandemic and in response National Steering Committee's call for drastic measures, Thai-based SCG continues its initiatives to accompany the authorities and people of Ho Chi Minh City during this difficult time.
SCG together with Vietnam in COVID-19 fight
Piyapong Jriyasetapong, general director of SCG Vietnam (second from left), presented essential medical supplies and equipment worth nearly $90,000 to Nguyen Thanh Phong, director of the COVID-19 Treatment Field Hospital in District 8 (centre), assisting the pandemic control and prevention

SCG has donated a series of essential medical supplies and equipment to the Field Hospital in District 8, as well as several other hospitals and government units.

There are 26 hygienic modular bathrooms designed and built by SCG to ensure hygienic standards that limit contamination in high-risk areas, together with 800 beds for field hospitals. The total value of the donation amounts to over $217,000.

SCG together with Vietnam in COVID-19 fight
Piyapong Jriyasetapong handed over four modular bathrooms to Nguyen Thanh Phong, director of the COVID-19 Treatment Field Hospital in District 8

“As a responsible corporation with strong commitments to support the localities where it operates, SCG has join hands with Ho Chi Minh City's authorities and the communities across Vietnam,” said Piyapong Jriyasetapong, general director of SCG Vietnam.

“Since the pandemic broke out, we have supported the country with financial assistance and medical equipment such as mobile positive pressure chambers assisting the sample collection and beds for field hospitals and quarantined areas. Our experts have designed a hygienic modular bathroom that is an effective solution for minimising cross-infections,” Piyapong said.

The modular bathroom was researched and developed by SCG Cement-Building Materials Co.,Ltd, and the bathrooms are designed to work touchless and with high ventilation. The chamber will minimise the user's contact with shared sanitary equipment such as hand washing faucets or sanitiser dispensers through touchless mechanisms.

In addition, the bathroom is also equipped with a high-capacity ventilation system with great air exchange capacity, preventing the internal bathroom areas from storing dirty air and maintaining the fresh and natural air quality from the outside.

SCG together with Vietnam in COVID-19 fight
Four hygienic modular bathrooms have been donated

Ho Chi Minh City's District 8 is currently one of the areas that suffered the most from the pandemic, with a high number of deaths and infections.

Under these circumstances, the Children's House of District 8 was requisitioned as a field hospital for COVID-19 treatment, with many medical teams and support staffs sent there.

Its contributions in pandemic prevention and the protection for frontline medical forces demonstrate SCG's relentless commitment to the local community towards a better life for Vietnamese people.

Due to the high number of patients, the demand for medical supplies, equipment, and facilities is escalating.

Understanding that, SCG took action to support the hospitals with specialised medical equipment for treatment processes such as portable ultrasound machines, handheld x-ray machines, monitors, syringe pumps, and many more. SCG’s latest innovations include the four assembled hygiene modular bathrooms and 100 paper field hospital beds, with a total value exceeding $86,900. These contributions not only reduce the burden for frontline medical teams, but also make the treatment processes safer.

Talking about the support from SCG, Nguyen Thanh Phong, director of the COVID-19 Treatment Field Hospital in District 8 said, “In the current situation, SCG's contribution is extremely necessary and meaningful. As a hot spot in the pandemic, our hospital serves severe cases, and these items contribute to the hospital's effective operation. They assist the necessary needs of patients, facilitate medical staff, and empower them spiritually to save patients' lives.”

In addition to the COVID-19 Treatment Field Hospital in District 8, SCG also distributed seven hygienic modular bathrooms to the Children’s House in Thu Duc City, which was transformed into a gathering house for medical staff and volunteers who, and another 15 bathrooms are also being installed in other places.

SCG together with Vietnam in COVID-19 fight
SCG together with Vietnam in COVID-19 fight
The medical equipment contributes to the hospital's effective operation

Besides this, 500 steel beds were transported to Binh Minh Field Hospital in Thu Duc City, and 200 paper field hospital beds are produced that – together with other medical supplies and accessories for PCR tests – go to the COVID-19 Treatment Hospital in Go Vap district.

Moreover, 3,000 SCG paper field hospital beds have been distributed to 17 districts and wards in Ho Chi Minh City and Thu Duc City, such as the dormitory of the Vietnam National University – the most crowded quarantine location in ​​Ho Chi Minh City, as well as other neighbouring provinces such as Long An, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong.

SCG's subsidiaries have also joined hands with the authorities. Long Son Petrochemical Co., Ltd in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province donated more than $434,000, Prime Group JSC in Vinh Phuc province donated almost $22,000, and another $13,000 were donated by Song Gianh Cement JSC in Quang Binh province through the provincial Vietnam Fatherland Front.

Prior to this, SCG mobilised support from subsidiaries to provide to many critical touch points in the nation. For instance, SCG Packaging donated to 100 paper field hospital beds and 10,000 premium-quality paper boxes to Hai Duong province.

These contributions in pandemic prevention and the protection for frontline medical forces demonstrate SCG's relentless commitment to the local community towards a better life for Vietnamese people.

By Anh Duc

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