Disturbing photos 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 identical state of affairs in different international locations: hospital beds that may be transformed to coffins.
Colombia’s well being system up to now has not been overwhelmed by COVID-19 sufferers – the nation is coming to the top of two months of quarantine – however the pandemic has precipitated overcrowding at hospitals and funeral properties elsewhere.
Apprehensive his nation’s well being system may in some unspecified time in the future 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 folks had been taking useless 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 might be transformed right into a coffin.”
The beds have steel railings, wheels with brakes and will be inclined up and down. They will assist as much as 150 kg. (330 lbs.). He mentioned the biodegradable bed-coffins price between $92 and $132.
Gomez hopes their low price will imply native and provincial governments can outfit rural or under-funded hospitals cheaply. Changing them to coffins if a affected person dies may even cut 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 workers who’re close by will not be uncovered to organic threat.”
The primary bed-coffins might be donated to the hospital in Leticia, an Amazonian Colombian metropolis which has a excessive variety of instances 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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