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Health Ministry Gets ฿12 Billion Extra Budget for Covid-19 Response

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Another coffined body of a Covid-19 victim is removed from a Bangkok hospital this week.

The Cabinet allocated an additional 12.6 billion baht from the government’s central budget to the Ministry of Public Health for its Covid-19 response, covering staff compensation and procurement of medical equipment.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said Aug. 11 the biggest portion of the extra funding, 6.4 billion baht, will be used to fund the procurement of antivirals such as Favipiravir and Remdesivir, as well as other medicinal products and herbal products associated with Covid-19 treatment.

A 4.5-billion-baht portion will be used to pay overtime and hazard pay to healthcare workers, as well as 1.5 billion baht in funding for the operation of field hospitals, proactive testing events, vaccination sites, and laboratories.

Another 215 million baht will be reserved for investment in durable articles and construction.

Anutin urged provincial governments to complete all disbursement processes by September, especially the overtime pay and hazard pay for healthcare workers.