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Officials in virus-hit Samut Sakhon put out urgent call for second field hospital

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A local official in the central province of Samut Sakhon is pleading for a second field hospital to contain the spread of Covid-19. The province is at the epicentre of a resurgence in the virus, since Thailand’s first local case in months was detected in a fish market in the Muang district last month. Since then, the virus has spread to 54 provinces.

While a field hospital is already operating at the scene of the original outbreak, provincial official Wuttiphong Suphakawanich says an additional 3,000 – 4,000 beds are needed to prevent the virus from spreading further. According to a Nation Thailand report, Wuttiphong has called on local businesses with over 7,000 factories to help equip a second field hospital, adding that Samut Sakhon cannot wait for central government to provide a budget.

It’s understood some of the supplies urgently needed include tents, mattresses, blankets, as well as temporary bathroom facilities that can be put together within a matter of days.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    According to the Thaiger three days ago “the governor [of Samut Sakhon] announced that 3 field hospitals are being established.”

    Two seem to have been mislaid.

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    Ian

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    I was a medic in the British army in a field hospital we could manage prob 400 at best I tell you now 3 to 4 thousand bedded field hospital so where are all the additional doctors and nurses another unrealistic idea

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