Hospitals are one of the most important if not, the most important operating facilities in the world right now due to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or CoVid-19 pandemic. Without them, there’s no telling how massive the case of CoVid-19 all over the world is. However, CoVid-19 is only one of the many problems people face in this pandemic.
Natural disasters like flooding would not stop just because of the pandemic. For instance, flooding could still reach hospitals, jeopardize their operations and the people they serve. An example for this is the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Metro Manila, Philippines, which experiences flooding every time it rains.
“Dahil sa baha nahihirapan ang mga pasyente lumabas at pumasok. Pangalawa, yung mga empleyadong papasok, pag umuuwi, lumulubog sila sa tubig para makapasok at makauwi. ‘Yung mga may sasakyan, problema din kasi inaabot yung sasakyan nila ng baha.”
Engr. Danilo H. Metrillo on flooding situations outside of the Philippine General Hospital.
This is why the German Government and Flood Control Asia RS Corp., initiated the Flood Protection project for the said hospital. In a Press Conference conducted on December 2, 2020 the officials of the PGH, the German Ambassador and the executives of the Flood Control Asia RS Corp. signed the memorandum of agreement for the project. German flood control barriers will be set up in the entrances of the hospitals so that flooding can be mitigated.
On Monday, December 9, 2020, RS Engineers finally kicked off the Flood Protection project for PGH by conducting the Engineering Assessment on different entrances of the said hospital.
“How can the hospital operate or continue its operation and serve the country for the COVID patients if the hospital is flooded? So that is why this hospital is considered as one of the top hospitals to be protected.”
Flood Control Asia RS Corp. Head of Business and Development, Alvin Baking, during the Engineering Assessment of RS Flood experts at PGH last December 9, 2020.
As one of the initial steps of the project, RS Engineers first identified the flood prone areas of PGH so they can provide optimum solutions against flooding with the use of German Flood Solution Systems.
“After this engineering assessment, we will go back into our office to check all the findings that we have. The next step is to create a suitable plan and also the system to be used so the flood barriers will work as intended and will not hamper the operations of the hospital.”
Alving Baking added.
After the engineering assessment, RS engineers will proceed with research and create a detailed engineering plan for the Flood Control project of the PGH. The project is expected to be finished on April 30, 2020.