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Bangkok hospital planning to import foreign Covid-19 cases

Jul 03. 2020
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By The Nation

A Bangkok hospital director has proposed flying in Covid-19 patients from abroad for treatment at his hospital.

Dr Rienthong Nanna, director of Mongkutwattana Hospital, is considering medical flights to bring international Covid-19 cases to the hospital in an attempt to stimulate the economy.

Each flight would carry 60 passengers and be adapted with disease prevention measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus outside the cabin, he said in a Facebook post.

Under the proposal, Mongkutwattana Hospital will act as a state quarantine facility, caring for foreign patients until they are identified as “Covid-19 free” and able to start their visit as tourists in Thailand.

The proposal has been supported by several clinics that treat international patients. Accommodation providers who want to collaborate with the hospital to prepare medical flights and state quarantine have been invited to contact the director of Mongkutwattana Hospital’s office.

However, the Public Health Ministry has not yet announced whether Thailand will accept Covid-19 patients from overseas.

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