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Depression patient stranded in UK to be flown back soon

Jul 08. 2020
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By The Nation

No effort is being spared to help bring back a Thai depression patient home as soon as possible, especially since she has been without medication for three months and her condition is worsening. The authorities also have to ensure that 49 other cases requiring urgent treatment also board the same flight in Amsterdam.

Dr Eakaphum Chumnanrabiamkit, who represents Thais in the United Kingdom, said on Wednesday (July 8) that Thai officials were coordinating with an airline details about bringing Thai patients back home. He said he has also been in touch with other stranded Thai travellers via the Line application.

“I have been contacted about the case of the patient with severe depression. The date of the flight will be confirmed soon. Another 49 cases also require urgent treatment and it is being discussed in detail via Line,” the doctor said.

Recently, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said at least 600 Thais stranded in the United Kingdom have contacted the committee. The returnees will have to either take a chartered flight or travel on an airplane that is fully equipped to prevent Covid-19 infections.

The CCSA is currently coordinating with the Foreign Affair Ministry to provide flights at other airports as well.

Currently, arrangements are being made for Thai patients to board a flight at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport, while the ministry is working on procuring more flights and should announce them soon.

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