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Interior ministry officials named as additional communicable disease control officers


The Ministry of Public Health on Saturday (March 14) assigned the role of communicable disease control officers to additional personnel under the Communicable Disease Act BE 2558 with immediate effect.

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The announcement signed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, Anutin Charnvirakul, stipulates that officials under the Ministry of Interior, including governors, district chiefs, subdistrict headmen and village headmen as well as officials under administration offices at provincial, district and subdistrict levels will assume the roles of communicable disease control officers and actively monitor the situation of the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in their responsible areas.
Communicable disease control officers will have the authority to summon any persons for interview as well as enter public or private establishments to investigate matters pertaining to the prevention and control of the virus.
Before the announcement, the roles of communicable disease control officers were granted only to high ranking officials and staff from the Ministry of Public Health.
The announcement also added that as for outbreak prevention in rural areas, the Ministry of Interior has instructed subdistrict headmen and village headmen to facilitate persons in suspected groups, who were allowed to monitor their conditions at home and provide them with necessary equipment for self-quarantine, as well as educate their communities on steps and advice to prevent contracting the virus.

Published : March 14, 2020

By : THE NATION