Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin reported the proactive Covid-19 screening for insured persons following the “Workforce Fighting Together” project in the red-area provinces, Pathum Thani, Chonburi, and Chiang Mai. The first day was smooth and followed the measures set by the Ministry of Public Health. Any insured person detected with the infection will be sent for treatment immediately, with a medical team taking care of the procedures prescribed by the Ministry of Public Health.
On April 24, 2021, Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin reported the progress of the proactive Covid-19 screening for insured persons following the “Workforce Fighting Together” project in the red-area provinces. The facilities included the multi-purpose hall at Pathum Thani Vocational College, Ban Klang, Mueang, Pathum Thani. Information as of April 24, 2021, at 15.00 hours, reported a total of 481 insured persons examined, divided into 387 people under Section 33, 45 people under Section 39, and 49 people under Section 40. The free proactive Covid-19 screening services commenced for insured persons in Pathum Thani and nearby areas today (April 24, 2021) as the first day. The facility in Pathum Thani can accommodate 1,000 people a day. Vibharam Amatanakorn Hospital in Chonburi screened 182 insured persons as of 15.00 hours, from the 200 people it can accommodate daily. The relatively small number of insured persons being examined is because the people do not know; therefore, public announcements need to be launched through various channels so that more insured persons know and get tested. The project aims to reduce congestion and facilitate insured people to not have to wait in long lines. The facilities in Chiang Mai Province consist of Nakhon Phing Hospital, San Pa Tong Hospital, Maharaj Hospital, Rajawet Hospital, Theppanya Hospital, Lanna Hospital, and Chiang Mai Klaimor Hospital near. The first day had 568 insured persons who were tested.
Mr. Suchart said that from the Social Security Office’s reports, after expanding Covid-19 screening checkpoints for insured persons following the “Workforce Fighting Together” project to red area provinces, namely Pathum Thani, Chonburi, and Chiang Mai today, the general overview was good. There were no problems or obstacles, whereby all steps followed the measures set by the Ministry of Public Health. If an insured person is found to be infected, they will be admitted to a hospital in the Social Security Network and Hospitel, under the care of a medical team following the Ministry of Public Health’s procedures.
Pathum Thani is in the red category or the highest controlled areas where an increasing number of people are infected from the new wave of Covid-19 outbreaks. The province has many establishments with 605,000 insured persons at present. The Pathum Thani Provincial Social Security Office has worked with the Pathum Thani Vocational College to establish a Covid-19 screening center for insured persons, with a team of doctors from Karunvej Pathumthani Hospital. The program aims to provide screening to insured persons under Sections 33, 39, and 40 in Pathum Thani and nearby areas for seven days from April 24 to 30, 2021, at 8.00 to 15.00 hours. To get screened, insured persons can register online at https://sso.icntracking.com/icntracking/self_register.php by clicking on a screening center in Pathum Thani Province to reserve a Covid-19 screening queue. The effort can support the screening of 1,000 people a day, with 500 people in the morning and 500 people in the afternoon.
Chonburi has approximately 884,000 insured persons. The Ministry of Labour’s Social Security Office in Chonburi, together with Chonburi Provincial NHSO Region 6 and Vibharam Amatanakorn Hospital in Chonburi, commenced Covid-19 screening services for insured persons in red zones or the highest control areas to reduce congestion and facilitate insured persons under Sections 33, 39 and 40 located in the Chonburi, free of charge. Services started today (April 24, 2021) and will continue until April 30, 2021, at Vibharam Amatanakorn Hospital. The facility can provide screening services for 200 people per day. Insured persons at high risk, according to the NHSO guidelines, can travel to Vibharam Amatanakorn Hospital for examination. The examination queue card will start at 06.00 hours, and the hospital will start the screening services at 08.00 hours. Insured persons must bring their ID cards and three certified copies of their national ID cards for quick services. The hospital will screen for diseases, and if insured persons meet the criteria, they will be examined without cost.
Meanwhile, screening services at West Sports Building 1, Bangkok Youth Center (Thai-Japan) in Din Daeng commenced facilitating Covid-19 tests for insured persons in Bangkok on April 17. Currently, the services are available every day, from 08:00 hours to 16.00 hours. Those who wish to be screened must register and reserve a pre-examination queue online, at https://sso.icntracking.com/icntracking/self_register.php. At the moment, each day has many insured persons who know about the services and have registered for the queue to be screened, as the country faces a soaring number of infections. This center will continue to provide services until the Covid-19 outbreaks resolve.
Mr. Suchart said that Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha is concerned for insured persons amid the Covid-19 situation and instructed the Ministry of Labour to work with the Ministry of Interior and the National Health Security Office (NHSO) to add more channels or options to service insured persons to be examined quickly, to reduce congestion or
long queues and provide services for free. Insured persons with questions about the Covid-19 screening can ask for more details at the 1506 hotline, press 6, available every day from 08.00 hours to 17.00 hours.
The project aims to take care of insured persons infected with Covid-19 to be examined and treated quickly. It is also part of supporting government policies to reduce Covid-19 outbreaks in the nation.
Source: Ministry of Labour