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Thailand’s healthcare sector may become overwhelmed with increasing Covid infections



Thailand’s healthcare sector could get overwhelmed with the increasing number of daily Covid-19 infections. Today, the country is reporting the highest amount of daily infections at 2,070 with 4 deaths, leading many to wonder if the nation will have enough medical facilities to treat Covid patients. Recently, health authorities have began responding more to the situation by launching additional field hospitals and “hospitels“, (hotels that have turned into temporary hospitals).

But, the CCSA has announced that 146 medics have been infected with the virus, with 33 being infected at work. Now, team members who worked closely with those medics that were infected are having to leave the frontlines to undergo quarantine. But the director-general of the Medical Services Department is allaying concerns for now, as he says the number of infections is still far too small to put pressure on medical facilities.

He says there are about 400,000 medical workers under the Public Health Ministry. And, if you count private hospital staff, the number is estimated to be about 700,000. As for the field hospitals and hospitels, he says that they only require small medical teams, with a ratio of 1 nurse to 20 patients.

He warned, however, that medical services in some areas may be affected if a sizeable number of their employees become infected or is forced to go into quarantine. For example, more than 100 medical personnel in Udon Thani province have recently been quarantined due to risk of infection.

Thailand currently has 20,000 Covid-19 patients hospitalised, which is far from the amount of available medical personnel to treat them. However, if the ongoing wave of Covid-19 infections continues, the collapse of the healthcare sector may be unavoidable as medics will also have to treat patients with other diseases. An opposition MP and medical doctor, recently warned that if the country’s medical sector becomes overwhelmed, it would not just be Covid patients that would die, but others who are denied treatment for other diseases.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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  1. Silbers

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    A ‘positive’ result from the PCR-Test is not the same thing as being ‘infected’. This is all part of the fear mongering presently being rolled out to get as many people as possible to take the shot that’s all. I mean, look around you, if it was a real pandemic you’d know a friend or member of family or at least someone who was seriously ill. Everyone I meet, I ask them if they know anyone with Covid and none of them ever do.

  2. Slugger

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Tell you what Thai PBS World, get back to us when it does, ok? Cheap fear journalism

  3. James

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    I don’t think a single country has required all mild and asymptomatic cases to stay in a hospital (unless the cases were very low numbers). This is obviously not sustainable.

  4. Frank

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    For most people, being locked in a field hospital like this for 2 weeks is far worse than having Covid.

  5. Charles Wall

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Silbers is correct, no wonder the hospitals are full if people who test positive but not sick are forcibly hauled off to hospital thereby putting medical staff at risk. To say nothing of the false positive tests. Herd immunity has to be reached either through vaccinations or catching the virus, trying to eliminate Covid is pointless and impossible, seasonal flu can’t be eradicated either.

  6. John

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    @Silbers – I don’t know anyone who has died in a road accident either – but lots in Thailand do. It is time to look at the big picture rather than your own little world, and if you did that you would understand just how serious this is.

  7. ffsfsfsdfdfdfdfdf

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    PRC is not accurate, but that rapid test is a joke.

  8. Farang in a faraway land

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 5:38 am

    I guess those jumbo jets full of returning tourists won’t be landing anytime soon.

  9. Fabien

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 6:51 am

    Strange, in July 2020 they were so proud to be the “World Best Country for recovering from COVID-19 epidemic”
    And now ?

  10. Steve

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    @ffsfsfsdfdfdfdfdf – Agreeed 100%

  11. Karena

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 4:35 am

    @Fabien – Even so, Thailand has had only 112 deaths ti date, a very low figure by any standards, especially the UK`s extortionately high numbers of deaths, which range, according to which newspaper or tv news channel you tune into, between 130,000 to 170,000 !!!!

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