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Taiwan and US launch MAC Ward for medical emergencies

Modular, eco-friendly design means medical wards can be quickly set up around world to cope with emergencies

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Minister of Health and Welfare, Chen Shih-chung (left) and Director of the American Institute in Taiwan, Brent Christensen (center) at MAC Ward. &nbsp...

Minister of Health and Welfare, Chen Shih-chung (left) and Director of the American Institute in Taiwan, Brent Christensen (center) at MAC Ward.  ... (Taiwan News photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan and the U.S. announced Friday (May 15) a modular ward that can be deployed to treat people with Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Called the MAC Ward, it is designed by Taiwan company Miniwiz (小智研發) and the Center For Innovation of Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital. It was revealed to the public during the Taiwan-U.S. COVID-19 Prevention Alliance Press Conference at the hospital on Friday (May 15).

Taiwan and US launch MAC Ward for medical emergencies
Minister of Health and Welfare, Chen Shih-chung (front row, second right); Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Brent Christensen (front row, middle); and Fu Jen Catholic University President Chiang Han-sun (front row, right) visit the MAC Ward. (Taiwan News photo)

Minister of Health and Welfare, Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) expressed his satisfaction at the design collaboration between Taiwan and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). "We can show the world Taiwan's innovation and creativity via design," Chen said.

Christensen quoted United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's words, "True friends will stand together during difficult times," adding, "Taiwan is a strong ally and an international leader in public health."

According to Christensen, MAC Ward will not only benefit Americans but people worldwide. The U.S. will carry on supporting Taiwan in its efforts to participate in international affairs, added Christensen.

President of Fu Jen Catholic University, Chiang Han-sun (江漢聲) stated that a MAC Ward would be set up at the university's sister school, Temple University in Pennsylvania, U.S., and on the 12th floor of Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital.

According to the co-founder and CEO of Miniwiz, Arthur Huang (黃謙智), the design groups spent 1.5 months constructing the ward, which can be assembled within 24 hours using recycled materials, such as aluminum. The modular, adaptable, and convertible MAC Ward, is designed and engineered to quickly transform buildings and underutilized spaces into wards, including ICU, general, and isolation wards, Huang said.

Unlike the traditional mobile cabin hospitals used in Europe, the MAC Ward uses eco-friendly materials and A.I. systems to create a soothing ambiance for the patients, Huang said.

Taiwan and US launch MAC Ward for medical emergencies
MAC Ward (Facebook, Arthur Huang photo)

Taiwan and US launch MAC Ward for medical emergencies
MAC Ward (Facebook, Arthur Huang photo)

Taiwan and US launch MAC Ward for medical emergencies
MAC Ward (Facebook, Arthur Huang photo)