Myanmar & COVID-19

Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Foundation Converts Football Center Into COVID-19 Hospital

By The Irrawaddy 15 September 2020

YANGON—The Ayeyarwady Foundation, a local non-profit organization run by Max Myanmar Group of companies, is converting an artificial turf stadium at its football academy into a temporary hospital to treat coronavirus patients as Yangon’s three COVID-19 hospitals are bursting at the seams.

The temporary hospital in Yangon’s Thingangyun Township will have a capacity for more than 500 beds with 100 medical staff and volunteers, according to the foundation.

The Thuwunna Artificial Turf Stadium makeshift hospital is intended for patients who are asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 patients. Construction will be completed next Sunday.

At the hospital, clinical matters will be the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and Sports while the Ayeyarwady Foundation will take care of other necessities like providing free daily meals to patients.

Chairman U Zaw Zaw of the Ayeyarwady Foundation briefs ministers of the Yangon regional government on the construction of the hospital. / Myo Min Soe / The Irrawaddy

Upon completion, it will be one of the city’s three temporary COVID-19 hospitals.

As of Tuesday morning, Myanmar had reported a total of 3,299 cases including 32 deaths. Yangon is the epicenter of the pandemic with 1,847 cases.

The Thuwunna temporary hospital is the foundation’s latest contribution to Myanmar’s fight against COVID-19. The first case was detected in the country in March.

In the early days of the outbreak in Yangon, the Ayeyarwady Foundation opened its AYA Bank Training Centre and the National Football Academy’s doors to people who needed to be quarantined.

Moreover, the Ayeyarwady Foundation has been offering assistance for medical equipment, accommodation and food to health personnel, volunteers and the public.

This is an advertorial placed by the Ayeyarwady Foundation.

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