Labour Minister Reports Bangkok Governor Gives Green Light to Continue Proactive Covid-19 Screening with Increased Measures on Social Distancing; Patients at High Risk and Fever Will Be Sent for Immediate Treatment at Hospitals in the SSO Network

 Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin reported that the Ministry of Labour has coordinated with Bangkok Governor Maj. Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang, whereby the Ministry of Labour will continue to conduct proactive Covid-19 screenings for insured persons with the Ministry of Public Health at the Thai-Japan Center in Din Daeng. Additional measures required by the Bangkok Administration include the following:
  1) Social distancing at 1.5 to 2 meters apart;
  2) Insured persons assessed as high risk or has a high fever must be rushed to the hospital immediately;
  3) Those who have a positive result will be sent to a hospital in the social security network. People who are infected but do not show symptoms shall be referred to a Hospitel.

  In this regard, the Labour Minister has assessed the third wave of Covid-19 outbreaks and worked with the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Public Health to implement the “Workforce Fighting Together” project, providing proactive Covid-19 screening services for insured persons. The effort aims to reduce further outbreaks in factories, which would cause damage to all sectors. It allows industries and entrepreneurs to move forward in business operations in Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Chonburi, and Chiang Mai. Over 20,000 people have been tested to date, with over 400 people found infected. Those with symptoms will be sent to the hospital for treatment at one of the 81 social security network hospitals. Patients without symptoms will be transported to the Hospitel, which is cared for by a team of doctors. The 1506 hotline, press 6, is open as another channel for insured persons to contact regarding Covid-19 screening.

  On April 25, 2021, Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin reported the third wave of Covid-19 outbreaks, saying that the Ministry of Labour has been coordinated with Bangkok Governor Maj. Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang, the Ministry of Labour, will proceed proactively screening COVID-19 for insured persons with the Ministry of Public Health at the Thai-Japan Field, Din Daeng, by adding measures as required by Bangkok, whereby the Ministry of Labour will continue to conduct proactive Covid-19 screenings for insured persons with the Ministry of Public Health, at the Thai-Japan Center in Din Daeng. Additional measures required by the Bangkok Administration include the following:
  1) Social distancing at 1.5 to 2 meters apart;
  2) Insured persons assessed as high risk or has a high fever must be rushed to the hospital immediately;
  3) Those who have a positive result will be sent to a hospital in the social security network. People who are infected but do not show symptoms shall be referred to a Hospitel.

  In this regard, the Labour Minister had previously assessed the Covid-19 situation and determined to take as many proactive measures as possible so that the industrial sector and entrepreneurs can continue to run their businesses and prevent the spread of Covid-19 in factories, as it would damage all sectors. The government, under the leadership of Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha and the Ministry of Labour under the supervision of Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, is concerned about the workforce amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Labour has been charged to work with the Ministry of Interior, provincial governors in the red area provinces or provinces with the highest control, and the Ministry of Public Health, by the NHSO, to increase channels or options for providing insured persons to be examined quickly, reduce congestion, reduce outbreaks and avoid long waiting lines. Upon being tested, if insured persons are found infected with Covid-19, they would receive immediate treatment free of charge. The proactive Covid-19 tests are for insured persons under Sections 33, 39, and 40, following the “Workforce Fighting Together” project. Bangkok has over 4,700,000 insured persons. The facility at the Youth Center (Thailand – Japan) in Din Daeng began screening services on April 17. Screening facilities expanded to the red zone areas to offer services from April 24 to 30, 2021, including Pathum Thani Province at the Pathum Thani Vocational College, Chonburi Province at Vibharam Amatanakorn Hospital, and Chiang Mai Province, at Nakorn Phing Hospital, San Pa Tong Hospital, Maharaj Hospital, Rajawet Hospital, Theppanya Hospital, Lanna Hospital, and Chiang Mai Klaimor Hospital.

  Mr. Suchart continued that (data as of April 24, 2021, at 16.00 hours), over 20,000 people were tested, with over 400 people infected with Covid-19. Those with symptoms would be sent to a hospital for treatment at one of the 81 social security network hospitals. Patients without symptoms will be transported to the Hospitel, which is cared for by a team of doctors, following the measures prescribed by the Ministry of Public Health.

The Labour Minister said that the Ministry of Labour’s efforts to launch proactive Covid-19 screening for insured persons was in line with the Facebook message posted by Prof. MD. Yong Phuworawan, Head of the Center for Specialization in Virology, Faculty of Medicine Chulalongkorn University, asking everyone to help each get tested as much as possible to distinguish infected patients from the general population. In addition, the government monitors all of those who are confirmed infected and ensures people with severe symptoms are admitted to the hospital.

 

Source: Ministry of Labour

 

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