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Health Minister says he’s going nowhere as opposition calls for his resignation

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Thailand’s Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is defying calls for his resignation over his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Members of the opposition Move Forward Party have slammed the government over how it has dealt with the third wave of Covid-19, as infections and deaths rise across the country. Critics say the current administration was not adequately prepared for a resurgence of the virus and accuse the government of negligence.

The national vaccine rollout has also come in for criticism, with opposition politicians saying the procurement of an adequate number of doses has been too slow. In addition, patients in some parts of the country are dying at home as a result of a shortage of hospital beds. The party has insisted Anutin must resign immediately as a result.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reports that Anutin has apologised for the death of an 85 year old woman who died of Covid-19 at her home in the Bang Kholaem district of the capital while waiting for a hospital bed. 6 elderly people at the same shophouse complex also tested positive for the virus and experts say unless urgent action is taken, more people could end up dying at home. It’s understood that some patients are also opting to stay at home rather than seek hospital treatment, a decision that is putting other family members at risk.

Just days after the petition site Change.org returned to Thai computer screens after a 6-month ban, a new petition calling for Anutin’s resignation has already attracted over 159,000 signatures at the time of writing. A group calling itself “Mor Mai Thon” is behind the petition and insists the Health Minister must step aside and allow a more capable replacement to take over.

For his part, Anutin says he believes he’s managing the situation as well as he possibly can.

“I’ve put in my best effort in everything I’ve done.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Toby Andrews

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11:28 am

    There is little chance of a Thai government employee resigning from anything.
    They could be caught with a 5 million baht of public funds under their bed, and still would not go.
    They have to dragged away from the citizens’ money trough with great force, and later will still pop up on the other side with their snouts deep into the baht.
    Of course, I could be completely wrong!!

  2. chris

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11:48 am

    he is one of biggest imbeciles in thai government today.

  3. Harry1

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    health minister best efforts are clearly are not good enough,as a public servant its peoples livelihood and the countrys wellbeing at stake.if he has integrity he would either stepdown and make way for a more qualified person or PM show leadership and swiftly replace him

  4. David Pilkington

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Health Minister Anutin ‘going nowhere’ whilst doing nothing. Yep, I reckon his ‘going nowhere’ just about sums him up; the proverbial waste-of-space who, it seems, uses his leader as role model.

  5. Russell John Watts

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    He must either resign or be sacked and replaced with someone with a proper medical background who would understand medical things better than this idiot who has no medical background at all. But then again what could you expect from a government that only has a background of military orders

  6. John Schnitzel

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    They only had exactly one year to prepare and get ready. While other countries were battling the pandemic and trying to source vaccine and other supplies… Thailand was busy to see how to revive the tourism sector instead of preparing to what was inevitably to happen. Yeah, so negligence is a hard word… but as the recent events were actually foreseeable, maybe even gross-negligence is the better description.

  7. Slugger

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Is there no limit to the depths these opposition clowns will sink? Khun Anutin is the man for the job, he says it as he sees it.

  8. David Pilkington

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    “I’ve put in my best effort in everything I’ve done.”

    OK, Anutin, we get that. There’s a cardboard box for your odds & ends over in the corner . . . and DO please make an EXTRA best effort to close the door on your way out.

    Signed: The general public, as per petition attached!

  9. Pedro

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    @Slugger – Saying it as you see it is not necessarily a qualification for a Minister of Health. A knowledge of medical matters and medical procurement, the ability to work with subject experts and the ability to plan in a civilian environment for times such as these would go a lot further than just saying it as it is. The Military should do what they do best, stay in the Army and protect the citizens, and allow qualified and capable civilian politicians to run the country. It is time for the toy soldiers to go back into their box and allow people who are competent to take over.

  10. Charles Wall

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Slugger, is your comment an ironic joke ?

  11. Pedro

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Obviously, if he has put his best into being Minister of Health, then his best is quite simply not good enough, and he should make way for someone whose best is better.

  12. Frank

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    It is a clown… foreigners are dirty right, who is really the dirty one

  13. ccwhatley

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    i want to see him “go”… because as far as i can tell – he has zero education and zero health care experience. that alone is, or i think should be, grounds for his dismissal – dang! … he never should have been appointed in the first place! i live in Thailand and overall love it here – but i do not like seeing over and over again the Peter Principal being well instituted. so sad as this kind of incompetence ultimately kills innocent people.

  14. James

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    Thai authorities should look into his family and bank accounts.
    Wildly corrupt health ministry destruction of this country must be held accountable.
    Experimental vaccination of the entire population is complete insanity.
    Killing the tourist industry for years to come is outright murder of thousands of hard working Thai people. This tragedy is off the chart!

  15. Frank

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    “People are dying from a shortage of hospital beds” That’s because 985 of those beds are being taken up by people with mild to no symptoms.

  16. Frank

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Frank 98%, not 985

  17. Leo Z

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:41 am

    “Anutin says he believes he’s managing the situation as well as he possibly can.” –> He’s managing the situation of trying to figure out how to blame it all on the falangs.

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