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 five provinces. To date, 29,065 people have been tested with 607 confirmed cases of Covid-19. The Labour Minister emphasized that the Thai-Japan Center in Din Daeng, Bangkok, would open until April 30. The center will then be temporarily closed. Screening service will resume on May 5 to 11. Insured persons have thanked the government and the Ministry of Labour for coordinating assistance through the 1506 hotline, press 6, delivering them to hospitals and doctors promptly.
On April 27, 2021, Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin spoke about the progress of the proactive Covid-19 screening for insured persons following the “Workforce Fighting Together” project in the five provinces, including Bangkok Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Chiang Mai, and Chonburi. Overall, the program has screened 29,065 people and found 607 infected people (information as of April 26, 2021, at 16:00 hours). Each center has the following results: Bangkok has examined 23,055 people and found 602 infected people, 31 of whom have been sent to a hospital for treatment, 290 people to a Hospitel, whereas the rest are being investigated. Chonburi has screened 596 people and found five infected people who are under investigation. Pathum Thani has examined 3,296 people, Chiang Mai has tested 1,389 people, and Nonthaburi tested 729 people. These three provinces have not received any reports of infection. The facility at the Thai-Japan Center in Din Daeng, Bangkok, will open for service until April 30. The center will be temporarily closed, and screening services will open again on May 5 to 11, whereby the situation will be reevaluated.
Mr. Suchart continued that when insured persons undergo a Covid-19 test and await results, they must quarantine in their home to prevent the spread of the infection. Once the examination results are known, the hospital will notify them through 3 channels: QR Code, SMS, and by phone. The hospital informs how they must conduct themselves while waiting for treatment in the following steps: if they have a few symptoms (green group), the hospital will send them to a Hospitel or field hospital. 2) For mild or severe symptoms (orange and red), patients will be considered for hospitalization. If the hospital cannot accommodate the insured persons due to all beds being occupied, the hospital can refer the patient to another hospital with the capacity for further care. Hospitals conducting the Covid-19 screening in the five provinces will be responsible for examining infection and symptoms and consider sending patients into Hospitels. There are currently 23 Hospitels with 6,943 beds. The Ministry of Labour is in the process of coordinating for 3,000 additional beds for patients to find beds via the 1506 hotline, press 6.
Mr. Suchart also spoke about cases where insured persons have asked the Ministry of Labour for help via the 1506 hotline, press 6. He said that one patient with the virus felt feverish and was nervous as she suffers from breast cancer. She went to the Thai-Japan Center in Din Daeng for Covid-19 testing and got the results yesterday (April 26, 2021). The Ministry of Labour coordinated with Ladprao Hospital to send an ambulance to pick her up at 15.00 hours today. At 17.27 hours, the patient called to thank the government and the Ministry of Labour for coordinating care until she was admitted to Ladprao Hospital safely.
Meanwhile, another insured person under Section 33 had a sore throat and mild fever, requiring admission to the hospital. Therefore, they asked the Ministry of Labour to help and coordinate for an ambulance to pick them up. The Ministry of Labour provided them with an ambulance to Vichaivej Hospital. They were picked up today at around 18.00 hours and received treatment promptly.
There was also a bedridden elderly woman with a severe cough. Her close caregivers were worried and wanted the elderly woman to be admitted to the hospital. The caregiver decided to coordinate assistance with the Ministry of Labour to find a vehicle to pick her up. In the latest update, the ambulance of Samut Prakan Hospital had taken the elderly woman for treatment already.
Source: Ministry of Labour