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Rapid response aids construction of hospital in China

Urgent paint donation helps build new facility in 15 days

When Chinese authorities announced they were about to rapidly construct a hospital in Yinchuan – capital city of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region – the local AkzoNobel organization sprang into action.

The facility was being built as an expansion project at the existing Fourth People's Hospital of Ningxia. However, as the work was taking place during the Spring Festival in February, paint was in short supply.

So on hearing the news, AkzoNobel moved quickly to donate 450 tins of Dulux Pro interior emulsion during the early days of the project. It helped to ensure that the new buildings could be completed on time (in just 15 days) as part of an urgent local response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We didn’t hesitate to offer our help when we realized there was an issue with the supply of paint for the project,” explains Mark Kwok, President of AkzoNobel China and North Asia. “We did what we could to make sure that the new buildings were built on time so that people could be helped as quickly as possible.” 

The new buildings are being used for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. So far, all 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 handled at the facility have been treated and the patients discharged.

The new buildings will continue to be operational once the outbreak has subsided.