One of the world’s largest shopping malls has been transformed into a 3,000-bed hospital in a bid to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The hospital was created in seven days at a cost of US$10m with the help of a 3,000-strong team, working shifts around the clock. It is already treating over 250 patients.
The project was instigated and fully funded by real estate investor Ali Ansari.
He hopes the initiative will act as a catalyst for business leaders throughout the world to dedicate their time, energy and resources and join the global response against the COVID-19 pandemic.
45,000 square metres of the Iran Mall in northern Tehran, which covers an area of 2,000,000 square metres with 700 shops and 200 restaurants, has been transformed into one of the world’s largest temporary hospital facilities, dedicated to combating the pandemic.
It is equipped with specialist medical equipment and infrastructure, including ICUs and ventilators, and has been provided with 10 ambulances, as well as being given access to the shopping mall’s helipad for the transportation of patients.
Over 400 medical professionals including doctors, nurses and administrative staff, are currently working at the hospital.
Ali Ansari drew inspiration from China, where large hospital units capable of accommodating thousands of patients were constructed quickly.
He comments: “I am immensely proud of all the team who converted the Iran Mall into a cutting-edge medical facility in the space of a week.
“This is an unprecedented time and for that we need an unprecedented effort to use our resources, energy and ingenuity to help medical experts defeat the virus. The private sector has an integral role to play in the response against the coronavirus pandemic, which cares not for people, borders or politics.
“I call upon others from the international business community to join the global fight back and help reduce the pressure on governments and public services, which are strained to breaking point.
“We stand ready and willing to share what we learned from this experience for the benefit of others across the world.”