Disturbing photographs of our bodies of dozens of coronavirus victims awaiting burial on the streets of Ecuador’s largest metropolis Guayaquil has motivated a businessman in neighboring Colombia to design one thing he hopes would forestall an analogous situation in different international locations: hospital beds that may be transformed to coffins.
Colombia’s well being system to date has not been overwhelmed by COVID-19 sufferers – the nation is coming to the top of two months of quarantine – however the pandemic has triggered overcrowding at hospitals and funeral properties elsewhere.
Frightened his nation’s well being system would possibly sooner or later be over-taxed, Rodolfo Gomez, whose firm ABC Shows often produces advertising materials, designed the cardboard bed-coffins.
“We noticed what was taking place in Ecuador, that individuals had been taking lifeless members of the family out onto the streets…what’s taking place is also that funeral companies are collapsing with the pandemic,” mentioned Gomez, 44. “So we began to develop a mattress that could possibly be transformed right into a coffin.”
The beds have metallic railings, wheels with brakes and may be inclined up and down. They will help as much as 150 kg. (330 lbs.). He mentioned the biodegradable bed-coffins value between $92 and $132.
Gomez hopes their low value will imply native and provincial governments can outfit rural or under-funded hospitals cheaply. Changing them to coffins if a affected person dies can even scale back attainable contamination, he mentioned.
“As soon as the our bodies are ready it’s transformed to a coffin and coated,” mentioned Gomez at his Bogota manufacturing facility, which may produce as much as 3,000 beds monthly. “The employees who’re close by usually are not uncovered to organic danger.”
The primary bed-coffins will probably be donated to the hospital in Leticia, an Amazonian Colombian metropolis which has a excessive variety of circumstances and restricted hospital capability.
Gomez says he has already spoken to potential patrons in Peru, Chile, Brazil, Mexico and the USA.
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