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85 year old dies while waiting for Covid-19 treatment indicates overwhelmed hospitals



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An 85 year old, who died while waiting to be admitted for Covid-19 treatment, is furthering claims that Thailand’s medical sector may soon be overwhelmed. The woman was sent home to wait as there weren’t enough hospital beds to admit her. She was among 6 elderly family members living in a shop house in Bang Kholaem district of Bangkok who were infected. 2 other family members were sent home with her, with 3 being admitted to the hospital.

Her death sparked a response from the Deputy PM and Public Health Minister, who said he was sorry for her death after reassuring that the ministry was doing “everything it could” to address the bed shortage situation. A Facebook page by the name of “Drama-addict,” ran by a doctor, posted about the incident, revealing that the 85 year old had died and that an ambulance was on its way to pick up the other 2 who were left at home to wait. Those remaining 2 people were 70 and 75 years old.

“I’m not exaggerating. But this is exactly what happened in Italy in the first wave of Covid-19 there. And as the healthcare system fails, not only those infected with Covid-19 will be dying but also other patients with critical health conditions.”

The doctor’s post earned criticisms from netizens who also took to social media to slam authorities over the care that was given, or lack thereof, to the family. They warned that unless action is taken, more deaths at home from people waiting for hospital beds could follow. Netizens pointed to other countries, such as Italy, who dealt with the same situation.

Today, Thailand has reported the highest amount of daily infections at 2,839 with 8 deaths reported to the CCSA in the past 24 hours. The new cases beat out yesterday’s, which was also the highest amount of new infections reported over a 1 day period.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. Steve

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    India in the making!

  2. Slugger

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Drama Addict, the clue is in the name.

    She was 85.

  3. Reeson

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    78 years – average life expectancy Thailand.
    85 year old dies.
    This is why we must not be in a pub after 9pm and why 1000’s small businesses foreced into bankruptcy.
    Clown journalist, clown media, clown world.

  4. David

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    how any doctors in the world,
    know that someone died or got sick of a virus ?
    could it be, to guess /assume ? 🙂

    treatment for ? doctors help how ?
    you school-education from government is ?
    maybe you get a break from tv and youtube. 😉

  5. Ben

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 9:37 am

    The average age of the 11 that died on Sunday was 43 not counting the unborn child of the pregnant woman that perished. Keep making fun of death. Keep showing your stupidity and inhumane nature.

    Lots of young people dying now that would not be a deaths door without COVID. Yes they’re obese. Yes they have diabetes. Yes they have asthma. Would the flu have killed them now? I doubt it.

    If you’re a fat farang you should be afraid.

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