HKKT Fund, Together with Honda Automobile and Motorcycle Dealers, Delivers 100 Negative Pressure Mobile Beds and Medical Equipment to 96 Hospitals

General Press Releases Thursday May 21, 2020 08:55
Bangkok--21 May--ABM Connect

The Honda Khiang Khang Thai Fund (HKKT), under the Honda Thailand Foundation, and the Honda Group of Companies in Thailand, delivered 100 negative pressure mobile beds as well as other medical equipment to 96 hospitals nationwide worth a total of 40 million baht with the support of Honda’s automobile and motorcycle dealer networks to fight COVID-19. This includes 100 negative pressure beds further developed from Vajira Hospital’s original concept, 10,000 PPE suits, 1,000 face shields, 100,000 face masks, and 10 HKKT ambulances and 10 motorlances. The equipment and vehicles are helping to enhance safety for medical staff and helping facilitate the handling of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

The Honda Khiang Khang Thai Fund (HKKT), led by Mr. Pitak Pruittisarikorn (2nd from right), Managing Director of the Fund, and Mr. Voraphoch Phornprapha (right), a committee member of the Honda Thailand Foundation, delivered two negative pressure mobile beds, eight HKKT ambulances, 200 PPE suits, 20 face shields, and 2,000 cloth face masks to Thammasat University Hospital. Assoc. Prof. Gasinee Witoonchart (2nd from left), Rector of Thammasat University, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pharuhat Tor-Udom (left), Director of Thammasat University Hospital, accepted this support.

The Honda Khiang Khang Thai Fund (HKKT), led by Mr. Pitak Pruittisarikorn (left), Managing Director of the Fund, delivered five negative pressure mobile beds, a HKKT ambulance, a motorlance, 500 PPE suits, 50 face shields, and 5,000 cloth face masks to Vajira Hospital. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anan Manomaipiboon (center), Rector, Navamindradhiraj University, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prayut Sirivongs (right), Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Vajira Hospital, Navamindradhiraj University, accepted this support.

Mr. Pitak Pruittisarikorn, Managing Director of the HKKT Fund, said, “The Honda Khiang Khang Thai Fund has delivered 100 negative pressure mobile beds and other medical equipment to 96 hospitals around the country with the great support of our automobile and motorcycle dealers. As the COVID-19 situation has stabilized, the HKKT Fund would like to thank all medical staff for their dedication and all Thai people for their discipline and cooperation. We wish everyone to stay safe with caution to avoid a new wave of infections to help our country get through this situation. The HKKT Fund is ready to stand with Thai people and we are proud to be another helping hand in fighting COVID-19.”

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pharuhat Tor-Udom, Director of Thammasat University Hospital, said, “The negative pressure mobile beds provided by the HKKT Fund will contribute a lot to the medical service as they help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when transporting suspected cases and patients to hospital, or moving them around for various medical procedures within the hospital. This helps to reduce the risk of infection among medical staff as well as the general public.”

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anan Manomaipiboon, Rector, Navamindradhiraj University, said, “Vajira Hospital is grateful to the HKKT Fund for committing to develop and enhance our original design for the negative pressure mobile bed, and finally making 100 of these much-needed beds for hospitals. The beds were delivered to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while enhancing safety for medical staff taking care of patients in the high-risk group.”

Asst. Prof. Dr. Anupong Suthamnirun, Deputy Medical Director, Chonburi Hospital, said, “Previously our medical staff would put on protective gear when transporting COVID-19 patients, so the negative pressure mobile beds from the HKKT Fund are very useful for transporting vulnerable people or those suspected of having COVID-19. The beds also make it more convenient to conduct medical procedures, which ensure the confidence of all related parties.”

Dr. Farinda Hayeeyusoh, Physician (Internal Medicine), Yala Hospital, said, “The hospital is grateful to the HKKT Fund for the negative pressure mobile beds. We plan to use them during the second phase of restrictions being relaxed to transfer COVID-19 patients who need further treatment in other locations. When the COVID-19 situation subsides, these beds will be used for other purposes, such as transferring patients with illnesses related to airborne or aerosol transmission including tuberculosis, measles, and chickenpox.”

All of Honda’s customers are a crucial part of this contribution, as the 40-million-baht budget provided by the HKKT Fund is generated from the sale of cars, motorcycles, and power products. The effort reinforces the HKKT Fund’s strong intent to stand with Thai people and provide a wide range of support to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Honda will continue to make contributions and adhere to its purpose of creating value and being an organization that Thai society wants to exist.

About the Honda Khiang Khang Thai Fund

The Honda Group of Companies in Thailand jointly set up the Honda Khiang Khang Thai Fund (HKKT Fund) under the Honda Thailand Foundation on March 31, 2012. The Fund’s objective is to provide assistance to Thais who are affected by natural disasters such as floods, landslides, severely cold temperatures, and droughts, as well as to initiate various related activities. Honda contributes 1,000 baht to the Fund for every Honda car sold, 100 baht for every Honda motorcycle sold, and 10 baht for every Honda power product sold. The total fund as at August 2019 was one billion baht. The Fund has undertaken activities in four major areas that are beneficial for people affected by natural disasters, including: 1) Providing funds; 2) Contributing materials; 3) Building a collaborative network; and 4) Enhancing knowledge for responding to natural disasters. Over the past eight years, the HKKT has provided 335 million baht in support to Thai people nationwide.

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