Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha yesterday, May 3rd, called for an urgent meeting with the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) along with several ministers and the Bangkok governor to assess the Covid-19 situation in Bangkok as the number of infections is gradually increasing and to accelerate a proactive approach in various communities in the capital.
Additionally, the meeting discussed the preparation of a field hospital in advance in case there is a large number of outbreaks in the community, particularly in the Klong Toey area. The Office of the Permanent Secretary of Defense Ministry has also sent a letter to the Director of the Port Authority of Thailand to consider the establishment of a field hospital to reduces the burden of public health, in which its medical personnel and patient beds are very limited.
As of this morning, the Prime Minister stated on his Facebook account the preventive measures to control the pandemic situation as follows:
- An urgent proactive disease investigation must be conducted in all 39 crowded communities, primarily focusing on 20 communities that are currently affected by the outbreak. At least 1,000-1,500 people must be examined per day at mobile test vehicles. The proactive approach must be done for at least 20,000 people in total.
- If an infected person is found, they must be graded from the community to green, yellow, and red areas depending on their symptoms before being transferring to hospitals. Initially, they will be sent to the first transfer center at Nimibutr Stadium or at Wat Saphan, Phra Khanong District, or Sanam Luang Hospital at Samut Sakhon Province.
- Patients in the red group or critical infected group with severe symptoms will be transferred to the hospital in Bangkok immediately. As the most concerned group, the Prime Minister had ordered additional hospitals as soon as possible. As of yesterday, an ICU Field Hospital was established at Chalermprakiat Stadium of Thung Khru District, which potentially adds 432 hospital beds especially a certain group of patients to receive treatment as quickly as possible.
- People who are waiting for their test results and categorized as high-risk groups must stay at home until the results are confirmed. Meanwhile, their community leaders would assist in helping with food and supplies for the detainees.
- About 10 – 20 health units will be mobilized in Bangkok to vaccinate all vulnerable groups, cumulatively 1,000-3,000 people per day. At least 50,000 people must be vaccinated within 2 weeks. The injection will continue to reach up to 60 percent, approximately 80,000 people, from the people in the Klong Toey crowded communities.
- More plans and arrangements to establish field hospitals in the area will continue to proceed by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Ministry of Defense as quickly as possible.
- Urgent care and assistance to all people in the community will be provided, including delivering equipment, food, drugs, and other essential supplies.
- Every district in Bangkok must provide a proactive approach by the health authorities based on the Klong Toey model to prevent a major cluster in the future.
The Prime Minister also instructed the relevant authorities to take full action to prevent the spread of the domestic pandemic and constantly provide a direct report of the progress.
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