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17 medical staff isolated due to dishonest Covid-19 patient

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: Samut Prakan Hospital is busy with Covid-19 and now short-staffed.

The already-strained Samut Prakan provincial hospital isolated 17 medical staff members today after a patient was dishonest about interaction with a Covid-19 infected patient. The patient was not forthcoming with details about coming in contact with a person that had been diagnosed with the Coronavirus. As a result, the hospital announced the mandatory quarantine of 17 medical staff members who had come in close proximity with the patient. In total, 2 doctors, 6 medics, and 9 nurses had to be relegated to self-isolation and removed from the hospitals already thinly spread staff roster.

In a Facebook post just 2 days ago, the hospital announced a sweeping reduction in services to handle the increase in Covid-19 infections. They announced they will no longer take customers from outside of the Samut Prakan province, nor are they doing any surgical procedures that are not urgent. They are advising only the sickest patients come to the hospital in person, offering a mail service with the post office to send medications and fill prescriptions.

Losing 17 medical staff members – doctors, nurses and medics – at such a crucial time will put a heavy strain on the hospital, especially if Covid-19 infections continue to spread. Samut Prakan province reported 27 local Covid-19 infections plus 13 more who transferred to Samut from other provinces, for a total of 40 new Coronavirus cases today alone.

The hospital reminded everyone that failure to disclose information about your Covid-19 infection or contact with any infected people or high-risk location can be prosecuted. Violators may be punished by up to 20,000 baht in fines and possible further legal action. The provincial hospital issued several requests for truthfulness on their Facebook page, stressing that dishonesty harms your own medical care, along with the much-needed medical staff, and only helps proliferate the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic’s third wave in Thailand.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Seems the world is doomed if even medical personnel don’t protect themself from patient. According to new media, we are in apocalyptic pandemics, difficult to not know. So if a patient say, “That’s ok I have nothing”, all medical staff eat, dance and party together without protection? That’s a non sense, whatever a patient say medical staff should be protected ? If a joy respectable lady tell you she doesn’t have aids, you just took off your protection to enjoy the service ?

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    toby andrews

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    WHY are medical staff working that are not vaccinated yet?
    There is no hope for these Thai clowns to open to tourists for the next year.
    Their intelligence is not capable of achieving this.
    They have to invite Western NGOs in to manage this pandemic for them.
    Thais cannot.

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    J West

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Bring ‘ caning’ into the equation for such dishonest reckless endangerment.

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    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Somebody here does not understand the utmost difference between not knowing to be positive vs being positive but not disclosing.

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    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Hi, I love the Thaiger. Could please can you justify the text alignment before you post articles? I have autism

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    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    If you’re the sole provider for your average working class family in Thailand, they are all fucked if you and your spouse and kids have to go in to mandatory quarantine. This shouldn’t be too hard to understand unless you’re old school military junta breed.

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    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Can it be true that medical staff in Thailand were not the first group to receive vaccine shots ?

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    Peter Nielsen

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 3:12 am

    What is the corona’s infection mortality rate? Isn’t it 40,000 cases and 97 deaths in Thailand, so far? Is that something that should cause such attention? Isn’t it an IFR just around 0.3%? Shoyld the common flu then not cause such attention?

    • Thaiger


      Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7:23 am

      The seasonal flu is endemic and already has a vaccine. The issue here is trying to stop Covid from becoming endemic, which is now looking increasingly unlikely.

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    funny coz its true

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 6:17 am

    The generals and HiSo will have got their jabs 1st BJoe, national security and the economy are the most important, remember

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    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Calm down people, it’s a silly SARs virus that your immune system is well capable of dealing with.

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    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 9:05 am

    @Thaiger Why unlikely – because of all the ‘cases’ or ‘infections’ as you like to call them?

    Why don’t you write something about how these infections are actually come by? Do the good journalist thing and tell people why the tests are not fit for purpose. People need to know that even a remnant leftover of a SARs virus that you had as a kid can be found with this PCR test and with the right amplification give a positive result. It is not a diagnostic tool and we know this because the man who created it said so. He was very clear about it. Not telling folk this info that they need just leaves them with the impression that all is above board when it certainly isn’t.

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    toby andrews

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Latest news here in Phnom Penh. They are vaccinating foreigners free. And they do not need to have work permits.
    I talked to someone last night that had had the first jab.
    Problem is there is a partial lockdown at the moment and the hospital that provides the vaccinations will not open properly until May.

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    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Western NGO’s? Hahahahahah. Get real.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Very few “average working class families in Thailand” have a “sole provider”, @Erik, where its usually extended families and both parents working, where a fortnight without work isn’t that unusual.

    The quarantine / test avoiders in the West may be predominantly “working class” / low-income but in Thailand they’re more likely to be self-employed / small business owners.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    “Western NGO’s? Hahahahahah. Get real”

    Yes, @Slugger, rather absurd given the shambles that “Western NGOs” and Western governments, with the exception of New Zealand and Australia, have made managing the pandemic in their own countries.

    The stupidity isn’t an inability to open to tourism this year, it’s trying and planning to open to tourism when the efficacy and supply of vaccines make that an impossibility.

    Thailand “managed” the pandemic very well last year, following the science. Now that’s been replaced by greed, led by a few Thais and some wealthy and so influential farangs who have put their own interests above Thailand’s, diverting the limited vaccines available away from the medical staff who should obviously have been the first priority to Phuket and the tourist industry.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    No surprise “foreigners” are being vaccinated in Cambodia, @toby andrews, as most of Cambodia that isn’t owned by Hun Sen and his family is owned by Chinese and Malays, many of whom live there.

    The problem Cambodia has is the same as any other countries that signed up to Covax.

    Cambodia gets the vaccines free (Thailand would have had to pay) but they can’t buy any extra vaccines themselves except through Covax, and Covax can’t give away or sell what it doesn’t have.

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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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