Panthera Group, Thailand’s leading integrated operator of hospitality, law and marketing businesses, has donated 5000 litres of disinfecting alcohol to Bangkok hospitals. This contribution aims to address the problem of alcohol shortages which have resulted from the sheer volume of coronavirus patients overwhelming Bangkok hospitals since early April, as well as the combined limitations of budget.
Having already donated more than 2,000 personal protection suits to a half-dozen Bangkok conventional and field hospitals, Panthera Group made an enquiry to understand how many litres of alcohol were urgently needed. The answer that came back was 5,000 litres.
Donations were made to Sa Noi, Lat Lum Kaew, Ban Bua Thong 2, Lam Lukka, Pak Kret, Bang Yai, Bang Bua Thong, Bang Kruai, Klong Luang and Nong Sua hospitals.
Since the third coronavirus wave, alcohol has been in short supply and prices have increased dramatically. Panthera Group chose to put need ahead of cost considerations and purchased the 5,000 litres at full market price. In exchange for paying premium prices, Panthera demanded quick delivery, and so the complete order of jugs was delivered to hospitals within hours.
“We want to help ensure that Covid-19 patients checking into Bangkok hospitals get better, not worse,” said Paul Hayward, co-founder of Panthera. “Covid is not the only thing to worry about in hospitals. Intensive Care wards are at full capacity in some areas, and thusly have the potential to become major risk zones if they are not sterile.”
During the coronavirus pandemic, hospitals have been buying alcohol in bulk, often placing a holding tank in a parking lot that required employees to continually refill smaller containers. Panthera Group set out to resolve that inefficiency with this donation, and opted to purchase 1,000 five-litre bottles instead.
“This lets hospital staff put the alcohol in a stock room instead of constantly sending employees out to refill containers, as well as overcomes staff inability to see how much alcohol fluid is left in the tank,” Hayward said.
Since the onset of the third wave in early April, Panthera Group, co-founded by Hayward and Mickey Doherty, has donated more than a half-million Baht to hospitals and community groups for the purchase of personal protection equipment (PPE), disinfectant and food boxes for workers affected by shutdowns of the group’s many bars, nightclubs and restaurants.
About Panthera Group
Privately owned Panthera Group was co-founded by Hayward and Mickey Doherty more than 17 years ago as an amalgamation of various food & beverage, nightlife, hotel, property, investment and management companies. It currently has operations in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui.