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Police officer infected with Covid-19 commits suicide at hospital

Tanutam Thawan

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A police officer infected with Covid-19 killed himself yesterday at a Bangkok hospital. The Royal Thai Police spokesperson says 59 year old Boonchu Panklin committed suicide due to stress after testing positive for the virus.

The railway police deputy inspector was also diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension. He tested positive for Covid-19 after coming in contact with another patient. At first, Boonchu was asymptomatic and was admitted to a field hospital on Sunday.

The next day, he had difficulty breathing and his blood oxygen levels were low. He was transferred to another building. A police spokesperson has the medical staff did not know about the officer’s mental health issues. On Tuesday, he hung himself in the hospital bathroom. After numerous calls to Boonchu’s phone went unanswered, hospital staff looked for the officer and found him by the toilet with a belt tied around his neck.

The officer’s family needed to quarantine after he tested positive for the virus and the chief of the Pathumwan police station, Pansa Amarapitak, says the officer felt guilty for putting his mother, wife and child at risk of infection.

Anyone in Thailand who feels depressed, lonely or suicidal can call the Samaritans of Thailand: 02-713-6793 for Thai and 02-713-6790 for English.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Harry Barracuda

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    That’s very sad. Someone should have been checking on him.

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    Mark W

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Media and medical establishment have decided to spread fear and guilt to control people. AKA authoritarianism.

    • Thaiger

      Thaiger

      Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      Yes, we are controlling people. But please don’t tell them.

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    Big L

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    You people are sick!

    Leaving a comment on a post like this where a member of law enforcement somebody has commited suicide as a direct result of media and fearmongering.

    Should be ashamed of yourselves.

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    Dreqo

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    @Thaiger

    Probably should rethink that attempt at being cheeky, mate.

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    John Flynn

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    This illustrates exactly how far this fear campaign has gone.
    Probably many more cases like this.
    The media are guilty from turning a yearly influenza into a flesh-eating monster.
    RIP to the officer and condolences to his family.

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    BW

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    The covid deniers and conspiracy theorist are a mix of pathetic and funny. For the deniers that keep posting here, go look up Ted Nugent’s comments on getting covid this week. Or the top covid denier in Norway who died of it last week. Have some self respect and use some critical thinking to see what is happening in the world.

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    Guest

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    @Harry Barracuda – They did check on him. But you do know that the Thailand healthcare system is overwhelmed and has been like this for weeks.

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    Hugh Kirton

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    A police officer with mental health issues

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