Excerpt: Disaster Management Healthcare, designed by KNS Architects, intends to provide an architectural solution to help healthcare professionals. The disaster management healthcare units can also be converted into dignified shelters for this purpose and can house almost thrice the number as an accommodation unit as compared to when it is a healthcare unit. The team has implied certain important medical and construction regulations to create what can be a fully operational medical facility in a span of less than 2 weeks.
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“We cannot stop natural disasters, but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.”
– Petra Nemcova
Over the time, the world has seen many appalling events where the very existence of humankind was challenged, and survival became far-fetched. But we, as humans, are known to always emerge out of crisis and move on.
At such times, the ray of hope comes from healthcare professionals who put themselves out there to make sure we are safe. At times of large-scale crisis, the already available medical infrastructure takes too much load and sometimes even fails to cater to the needs.
The current pandemic has forced us to convert stadiums, hotels and many such existing structures into make-shift hospitals to sustain the rapid growth in number of patients.
The intent of this initiative is to provide an architectural solution which will help the healthcare professionals to do what they are required to do, by making sure the most optimum facilities with respect to infra are made available to them and in the shortest response time.
In recent times, shipping containers have been an interesting medium which has been explored by architects world over to create portable facilities. The advantage being that they already exist, are economic, easy to transport, and quick to transform into something which can be habitable. We have implied certain important medical and construction regulations to create what can be a fully operational medical facility in a span of less than 2 weeks.
- Modular design allowing flexibility
- Quick to build and economic
- Easy to install
- Transportation of shipping containers is already available, hence portable
- Making the most of renewable solar energy by using solar panels on roof for power generation as well as water heating as roof surface area available is minimum 15,000 sqft
- During times of emergencies/crisis/disasters, these ready modules can be combined together in no time to have a fully operational medical facility with all the necessary equipment and infra pre-build/pre-installed
- Can be erected/installed on any terrain and climate
- All necessary electrical, plumbing and HVAC provisions and fitouts incorporated within the module. Onsite only tapping of services required.
- All designs, materials and finishes to be as per healthcare and government norms
- Seamless movement of patient, healthcare staff and services within the structure
- Design flexibility also allows to create private wards and private rooms which can be used for high-profile patients who could help in raising funds during times of emergencies, making the design one which can cater to every strata of society.
India is known for its abundant low-cost labour, which is majorly the migrant population.
The current pandemic has seen the sufferings of this class of the society which inevitably runs a huge part of the country’s economy.
It is important that every state takes care of its migrants in such unprecedented times by providing them with the basic accommodation and sanitation facilities so that they feel at home where they also work.
The disaster management healthcare units can also be converted into dignified shelters for this purpose and can house almost thrice the number as an accommodation unit as compared to when it is a healthcare unit.