Made from hard cardboard, the beds that can be turned into coffins are produced by the company, which will help reduce overcrowding in hospitals and morgues.
A Colombian businessman designed beds that could be converted into coffins to reduce hospital overcrowding before the end of the Covid-19 epidemic, according to Reuters.
Rodolfo Gomez, director of ABC Displays, said the hospital beds and coffins made from cardboard, could decompose after a while. The purpose of this product is to help his homeland Colombia not fall into the “footsteps” of the other “outbreak” other large in the Americas and around the world.
Currently, the health system in Colombia has not been in a “broken state”, but the new strain of corona virus has caused hospitals and many funeral homes to be overloaded.
“We are aware of the case of neighboring Ecuador, when the morgue was empty and people started to leave the bodies on the street. As the death toll increased, funeral services could not keep up; many people could not afford wooden coffins. The bed cum both tasks can help the medical force less burden, ”Mr. Gomez said.
Beds have metal handles, wheels with brakes and can be raised and lowered. They withstand 150 kg weight and cost from 92-132 USD.
According to the director, the use of this bed-coffin bed is cheap and at the same time, reducing the risk of death from spreading germs to others as well as the impact on the environment.
Gomez hopes that with the low cost of the product, local governments in Colombia will equip more rural hospitals.
It is estimated that this company can produce 3,000 beds of this type each month. The first bed was donated to a hospital in the Letica area, which is recording an increasing number of cases in the South American nation, with a shortage of medical staff.
The director said he is planning to export new beds to Peru, Chile, Brazil and the United States. As of May 23, Colombia recorded 19,131 positive cases with Covid-19, including 682 deaths.