(ECNS) -- With the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to rage in Hong Kong, construction of the temporary North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Center reached completion on Jan. 20.
It is divided into six areas, including 136 negative pressure wards with 816 beds.
MIC negative pressure rooms have been adopted in the hospital, the first for Hong Kong. It will receive patients with severe infectious diseases.
"The interior decoration is made of easy-to-clean materials, as well as non-contact air-tight interlocking doors. The transfer window is anti-virus with ultraviolet light. The entire drainage uses double row pipes; the entire chimney is more than three meters above the roof, and through the high-efficiency air filter, 99.97% of viruses can be killed," said Zhang Yi, General director at the project site.
For the first time, a USB port and C slot were used in rooms for non-medical purposes. As more patients like using mobile phones, this design effectively helps them avoid using emergency plugs near the bed, which will further reduce medical negligence. We also set a vent at the head of each patient's bed, with fresh air changeable 12 times per hour. It is hoped that such an environment would make patients safer, according to Zhang.
Time was very tight. We had (less than) four months to finish a project that would normally take two or three years. Thanks to the central government for providing support to Hong Kong in building this temporary hospital, so that we can overcome the epidemic early, said Zhang Dehua, a construction worker.
It's the first time that the Shenzhen and Hong Kong governments set up a joint working group and dedicated teams to coordinate and solve relevant problems in construction.