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A look at Thailand’s Covid-19 growing field hospitals

Neill Fronde



FILE PHOTO: Field hospitals are bare bones but life-saving.

Field hospitals have become a necessity across Thailand as Covid-19 cases surge after the Songkran holiday and hospitals struggle to accommodate patients. 20,000 people have now been treated for the coronavirus with thousands of them being admitted to these pop-up medical facilities. And with today seeing a huge jump in Covid-19 infections, the number of people in field hospitals will definitely grow. But not all field hospitals were created equal and experiences vary widely.

The need for field hospitals began being discussed in early January when the second wave of Covid-19 hit Thailand, with provincial governors being asked to plan for what venues in their area could be converted to medical facilities if needed. But now that the third wave of Covid-19 has brought daily infections in the thousands, these overflow plans have been rolled out not just in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, but even in smaller provinces where infection surge.

When Covid-19 first broke out in Wuhan they had extensive field hospitals constructed within one week. South Korea, the United States, and Germany are with Thailand as countries that have put field hospitals into regular use in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.

With hospitals full and waiting lists growing, field hospitals provide temporary accommodation for large influxes of patience. The Medical Services Department and the Health Service Support Department oversee these quickly-constructed facilities and the beds lack partitioning but are spaced for social distance. They are typically no-frills with only basic necessities like food and water, a bed and a blanket.

These makeshift facilities are currently being used for positive Covid-19 patients who are experiencing minimal symptoms. They are built at a variety of locations like temples, stadiums, or schools. Bangkok Arena sports centre is one of the field hospitals the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has opened. Any place that has proper ventilation and toilet facilities can be converted.

While the facilities are basic, The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has stressed that they provide patients with convenience and appropriate care. Not all Covid-19 cases need full intensive care from a hospital, and these field hospitals serve as a balance between isolating and observing Covid-19 infected people and crowding hospitals with patients that don’t need the advanced facilities.

Champion bodybuilder Chaipipat Liewtrakul talked about his experience. He said things started out spacious and calm, but then new patients began to pour in. With no partition, he feared being reinfected. He also said though that he and his new hospital friends helped clean and assemble beds as the field hospitals expanded. This is a common experience, as many patients after registering and checking in are generally responsible for themselves. They check their own body temperature and blood pressure, make their own bed, and serve themselves when food arrives.

Patients report all their checkup readings to medical personnel, with some of these services being done online, and get medical attention when necessary. Field hospitals generally operate with minimal staff but always have doctors and nurses on duty. The minimum requirement is a nurse for every 20 to 40 patients and a doctor per 100 to 200 patients according to the Medical Services Department.

The National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology also sought to assuage reluctant patients, explaining that chances of reinfection at a field hospital are low as already-infected people produce antiviral interferons that are usually sufficient in preventing reinfection.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Based on the PCR test which is widely reported as unreliable and inappropriate.
    Symptom free spread is impossible. ZERO danger to the young and healthy. Cloth/paper masks proven useless / harmful in dozens of studies. Lockdowns aren’t about public health.
    I’m dizzy from all the corruption, lying and stupidity. I’m disgusted at the profiteering.
    The eugenicist oligarchs from the WEF are in control.
    #spars #event201 #pandemicbonds #greatreset #pcr false positives

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    Charles Wall

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Reason – I couldn’t agree more, the gullibility of most people nowadays beggars belief, this collective madness could not have happened 50 years ago

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    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Reeson You’re not alone.

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 1:53 am

    You got a source for this? If I recall videos of people dropping dead on camera were being released wildly by the media in jan 2020.

    Then they built a huge field hospital in China, and sent a “some people” who claimed it to be a humanitarian nitemare, then the story changed to it wasn’t used or needed, and was quickly dismantled.

    The entire things stunk of a media event.

    Here we are 1 year later scratching our heads, asking, saying, but the cdc or who doesn’t recommend any of these measures. Lock downs, mandatory masks,

    For a virus that has only killed 100 people in a year in Thailand.

    For thai people, the data shows, for you in particular, is just the flu. There’s nothing alarming about the data that suggests any of these measures are needed.

    The hospitals are full because of bogus pcr testing/reporting and quarantine requirements, not because all those people need ventilators. Ugh.

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 2:22 am


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    James R

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 4:09 am

    I see the nutters are out in force again today with their ‘flu’ and other stupid comments.

    I didn’t know mental illness was so rife.

    Look at the news in India, people dying outside of hospitals as they never bothered with a lockdown and have very low vaccination rates, it will be happening very soon in Thailand if they do not increase the lockdowns and increase the rate if inoculations.

    We in the UK found out first hand what happens if we went on as though the virus was not serious as we did at the start, 120,000 dead, it took a very strict lockdown for months to beat the virus, that action will soon be needed in Thailand.

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    Amy Sukwan

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 8:10 am

    I find it funny that in country after country the vaccine rollout immediately precedes a spike in Covid cases and deaths. But the reason for the spike is always blamed on people not wearing masks, social distancing, locking down long enough or hard enough,even though these measures don’t seem to correlate with trajectory at all. It’s obvious they’re pushing a narrative that has nothing to do with public health.

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 8:57 am

    @James R – notice how pics of field hospitals are almist always empty in every country around the world

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    @James i would be willing to wait 2 more weeks before lock down. If you’re sick come to the hospital. Other wise go have a drink at a bar. Go swimming. Go for a walk.

    You facemask people won’t stop and think about the harm being done to your immune system by keeping yourself so protected.. for what like a year now. Any time you go out in the past year, you were masked up.

    How are you supposed to come in contact with bacteria and virus to keep your immune system on track?

    You are supposed to come in direct contact with flora and fauna. Any thing else makes you weak.

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Why people call them hospitals? Do they have surgery rooms, oxygen supply, wide range of doctors, respirators, ECU, and other medical equipment?

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    James R

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 2:53 am


    I don’t really need to say much more, just wait and see what happens in Thailand over the next few months.

    Have a look at the BBC and see the pictures of hospitals in India, then project ahead what will happen in Thailand in the next few weeks if no lockdown is put in place very soon and I don’t just mean closing a shop one hour earlier than usual.

    I can send you a picture of my road which is empty at the moment and then say all roads in the worlds are empty?


    You seem to be saying it is good for us to catch a virus which will kill us, you need to find out the difference between friendly germs and killer viruses.

    Therefore according to you theory we should drop all babies on their heads when they are born in order for them to be toughened up, it sounds like you were dropped on your head as a child judging by what you have written.

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    Ralphie Boy

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    Brainiacs….you know who you are.

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    known associate

    Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Liars believe everyone is Lying.
    Were there a grand conspiracy, I would have been the initiator.
    Conspiracy soothsayers are morons.

    “Who’s in charge here soldier”?
    You are..

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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