Royal Thai Navy reopens its three hospitals in response to Covid spike

Royal Thai Navy Base in Chon Buri | Photo via Wikipedia.

The Royal Thai Navy reopened three of its field hospitals, including two in Chon Buri, that can house 1,109 patients following the recent influx of new Covid-19 cases, according to Navy Chief Admiral Somprasong Nilsamai on Monday. Today, Chon Buri ranks as the province with the highest number of new Covid-19 infections.

Under the provincial public health offices in command, the first hospital, with 544 beds, is located under the Air and Coastal Defence Command in Chon Buri’s Sattahip. Another field hospital in the same district has 180 beds. The third, with 385 beds, is located in the 16th Navy Training Field in Chanthaburi’s Ban Chanthaklem hamlet.

These three hospitals first opened early last year to deal with a spike in Delta variant infections, but they were temporarily shut down after infection rates dropped. The Navy head also stated that the Somdet Phra Pinklao Hospital in Bangkok’s Thon Buri district and the Queen Sirikit Naval Hospital in Sattahip had been advised to prepare for a surge of Coivd-19 patients.

Two of these navy general hospitals are capable of conducting laboratory testing and are equipped with intensive care units and negative-pressure rooms for serious patients, with the Covid-19 emergency center to provide isolation centres with a total capacity of 2,335 beds to care for navy sailors and their families with asymptomatic and mild Covid-19 symptoms.

SOURCE: The Nation Thailand

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