Panthera Group, Bangkok’s leading hospitality, law and marketing conglomerate, brought crucial relief to Covid-19 hospital wards with the donation of 2.5 million baht in mechanical ventilators.
Funded in equal partnership with Jurassic Mountain Resort & Fishing Park, Thailand’s top luxury resort and fishing park in Cha Am, Phetchaburi, the ten ventilators were delivered around the country on May 20.
Bang Bua Thong, Bangkruai, Bhumibol Adulyadej, Mahasarakarm, Pakkred and Suthavet hospitals each received one machine, as did Panyananthaphikkhu Chonprathan Medical Center and Busarakum Hospital’s Muangthong field hospital. Two units went to Bangkok’s hard-hit Central Correctional Hospital, which is responsible for the care of thousands of coronavirus-infected prison inmates.
Many of the same hospitals received donations of thousands of personal-protective full-body suits and sanitizing alcohol. It was during the delivery of those life-saving items that Panthera Group co-founder Paul Hayward learned of their ventilator shortage.
“I was told there were people waiting to go into ICU but couldn’t because there were no ventilators,” Hayward said. “If your ward has a 10-bed capacity, you need 10 ventilators. This is our way of trying to directly save lives.”