By The Nation
Thonburi Bamrungmuang Hospital has opened a new facility for Covid-19 cases, led by a multidisciplinary medical team.
In view of the virus outbreak causing widespread concerns among the general public and foreigners residing in Thailand, Thonburi Bamrungmuang Hospital (THB), a personalised healthcare centre with advanced technology, hosted the seminar “International Practice Guideline for the Prevention of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)” to create awareness and advise preventive measures in tackling spread of the virus.
Speakers featured at the seminar were two highly-experience doctors: Dr Boon Vanasin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Thonburi Healthcare Group, and Dr Jurai Wongsawat, MD, Senior Expert in Prevention Medicine, Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health.
Dr Boon said the target customers of Thonburi Bamrungmuang Hospital include both locals and foreigners. As such, it is mandatory for the hospital to have the highest level of screening and monitoring practice. It has set up a separate facility, staffed by a team of multidisciplinary medical professionals for the diagnosis and treatment of patients suspected of contracting Covid-19.
Dr Jurai Wongsawat summarised the present situation, saying: “At the moment, the outbreak in Thailand is under control. Our public health officers have managed to keep the level of disease spreading at ‘Phase 2’ – which means the outbreak is not severe but the disease is spread easily from person to person – for more than a month since the first confirmed case was reported. To prevent the domestic outbreak from entering ‘Phase 3,’ government agencies and public health officers are working as hard as they can with help from various parties, including private organisations and the general public.
"Furthermore, the government and the Ministry of Public Health have implemented policies to prevent the spread of Coivid-19, both personal and national levels, such as screening measures at airports and monitoring process at medical facilities. There are also proactive measures to help prevent communal spread, particularly among people who are most at risk such as embassy workers, tourism and hospitality workers, and travellers from affected areas.
"The Ministry of Public Health has also recommended people returning from affected areas to impose self-quarantine at home for at least 14 days, in order to prevent potential transmission and closely monitor their symptoms. If they develop a fever with respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat or runny nose, they should seek medical attention at the hospital and provide travel history to healthcare workers immediately".
Meanwhile, foreigners living in Thailand are urged to be vigilant and follow preventive measures to reduce the risk of infection.
Dr Boon Vanasin affirmed that Thonburi Bamrungmuang Hospital is well-prepared to serve all international customers, especially Middle Eastern and Chinese patients who have been its biggest target groups.
The new facility will ensure that every patient receives the best healthcare services in every step of the way, he added.