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1,300 Coronavirus Field Hospital Beds Readied in Samut Sakhon, Pathum Thani

A 1,000-bed field hospital being set up in Samut Sakhon for migrant laborers is not much more than a collection of isolation tents.
A 1,000-bed field hospital being set up in Samut Sakhon for migrant laborers is not much more than a collection of isolation tents.

Ye Yan Aung, labor attaché for the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok, on Monday visited a field hospital under construction at the Wattana Factory Project in Samut Sakhon were migrant workers will be quarantined.

The 1,000-bed facility is being built at the Wattana Factory project in Phan Thai Norasing Subdistrict of Muang District

Phan Thai Norasing Mayor Wattana Taengmanee, owner of the property, received the Burmese official and briefed him on the project expected to receive migrant workers who contracted Covid-19 in Samut Sakhon.

The field hospital will be completed within 10-15 days and provincial authorities will then deploy health and security workers at the facility.

The Myanmar labor attaché said he was thankful for Thai people’s assistance for Myanmar people during the crisis. He promised the Myanmar embassy would give any support that the field hospital may need.

Thammasat Reopens Covid-19 Field Unit

Thammasat University, meanwhile, reopened its field hospital on its Rangsit campus in Klong Luang District of Pathum Thani on Monday.

Inspecting the facility that had been closed on May 15, Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said the facility had admitted its first patient: a Thammasat University student.

The field hospital will receive Covid-19 patients from eight provinces who either are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. There are 308 beds, but the capacity can rise to 400 depending on need.

The Public Health Ministry planned to set up field hospitals in every province.  Such a facility would be necessary for any province that had more than 10 Covid-19 cases because local hospitals were not capable of admitting all local cases, Sathit said.

Provincial governors and health chiefs would decide when their province would need a field hospital, he said.