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Medical facilities told to inform dept on Covid-19 tests

By The Nation

 

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Department of Disease Control under the Ministry of Public Health has instructed all medical facilities that conduct lab tests for Covid-19 infection to inform the department of the results, adding that failure to do so will lead to a fine of Bt20,000 each.

 

Dr Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, Director-General of Department of Disease Control, said Covid-19 disease is dangerous contagious disease under the Communicable Disease Act, 2015 BE which states that medical centres must inform the department within three hours after a person is confirmed or suspected to be infected with the virus.

 

“Department officials will determine whether the person tested should be exempted from any cost for the medical examination," he said.

 

Dr Sopon Iamsirithaworn, Director of the Bureau of General Communicable Diseases, said free examination would be provided to person showing symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, sneezing or panting, and to those who have returned from high-risk countries, or working with foreign tourists. The offer extends to their family members at both government and private medical centres nationwide.

 

Meanwhile, Dr Opart Karnkawinpong, Director-General of the Department of Medical Sciences said that in addition to Regional Medical Sciences Centres nationwide and Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Disease Health Science Centre at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, people can take Covid-19 examination at Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University and Prince of Songkla University, Siriraj Hospital, Ramathibodi Hospital, Rajavithi Hospital, Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute, and Bumrungrad International Hospital.

 

“Other medical centres which seek to conduct Covid-19 examination must pass the evaluation process and proficiency test of the department. They must have qualified medical technicians, standardised tools and laboratories,” Dr Opart added.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30383038

 

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1 minute ago, FarFlungFalang said:

No you haven't got it wrong it's always been the plan after being first on the list after China it made Thailand "look" unsafe now that Thailand is 12th after China they can restart the reporting process.

Ooh, how cynical. Sounds like that could be right.

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6 hours ago, FarFlungFalang said:

No you haven't got it wrong it's always been the plan after being first on the list after China it made Thailand "look" unsafe now that Thailand is 12th after China they can restart the reporting process.

They are not going to report anything that has a negative effect on tourism, that has been clear to me for the last 4 weeks - how many cases in Thailand - well going by models elsewhere in the world - Thailand has thousands - but hey maybe they are the exception  

 

The constant news here is about the impact on tourism and the money while sensible governments recognise the threat - Thailand doesn't seem to fit the profile, I really do hope I am wrong - it would be a travesty if I am not

 

If Thailand is covering up what is really going on and they are hiding (not testing) the real figures ............well if you don't test there is nothing to report is there ? and at 9000baht a pop - who is turning up for tests anyway ?

 

What country in the world right now is charging people to get tested ?  seriously ?

 

W T Flip

 

I hope I am wrong   

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6 hours ago, rabas said:

Getting ready for something? I've been going to Mongutwattana Hospital every 2-3 days for my wife to have a wound cleaned. Just Wednesday they began mandatory temperature screening at all entrances.

I don't think that's it. Until now the Thai public has been pretty relaxed about this, but the last few cases and especially the guy who lied and denied going to Japan meanwhile infecting two of his family members blew up both in news and social media. The government, as usual, are just pretending to do something about it. In reality nothing can be done - this isn't a virus that can be stopped (according to experts), and it doesn't matter anyway because Thailand weather is too hot for it to become a serious issue.

 

It took Wuhan just over a month from first case to thousands of people hospitalized. Thailand had it's first cases (not to mention hordes of Chinese tourists) a lot longer than a month ago, and hospitals are not overflowing with sick people. If something drastic was going to happen, we'd know about it by now. It didn't and it won't.

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8 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Dr Sopon Iamsirithaworn, Director of the Bureau of General Communicable Diseases, said free examination would be provided to person showing symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, sneezing or panting, and to those who have returned from high-risk countries, or working with foreign tourists. The offer extends to their family members at both government and private medical centres nationwide.

do they have to travel to get tested if they are feeling ill ?

 

Bus Taxi BTS Train ?

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8 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Department of Disease Control under the Ministry of Public Health has instructed all medical facilities that conduct lab tests for Covid-19 infection to inform the department of the results

how about informing everyone of the results including the World Health Organisation

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40 cases...lol

Multiply by 100 and you'd be near the real number.

I wonder how many hospitals actually have testing kits

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