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Thai public health authority launches online system to reduce COVID-19 infection risks

April 27, 2020


Abstract : "Applied technologies will bring about convenience to the public, save their time and expense, minimize mobility and reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection", said Dr. Natthaphong.

InfoQuest, (April 24, 2020) -- According to Dr. Natthaphong Wongwiwat, deputy director general of medical service department, ministry of public health of Thailand, the department has conducted a two-month pilot test of taking care of patients with applied technologies in 27 affiliated hospitals throughout the country, including offering Teleconsult and delivering Telemedicine with the help of VDO CALL system. The above-mentioned pilot test project was proposed by Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, deputy prime minister of Thailand and minister of public health of Thailand. This approach helped to ease the congestion in the hospital by 30 percent as it could offer consulting service to 200 patients and deliver 363 kinds of medicine on average every day. According to the plan of the next stage, this service will be expanded to other well-prepared medical institutions.

"Applied technologies will bring about convenience to the public, save their time and expense, minimize mobility and reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection", said Dr. Natthaphong.

According to the medical service department, the above-mentioned approach is applicable to patients of high blood pressure, diabetes, bone diseases, nervous system diseases and other chronic diseases. Most of the patients are in stable condition and only need take medicines regularly. Patients who are evaluated to be without severe diseases by doctors could apply for these services without any additional fees. Moreover, the medical record data will be transmitted to patients, which will facilitate their transfer to another hospital and avoid the waste of time caused by medical history inquiry.

Dr. Anupong Suchariyakul, a senior expert from the Department of Disease Control, said that since most people cooperated and took measures, the COVID-19 epidemic in Thailand has been eased. A total of 15 new confirmed cases were reported today, and 2,490 confirmed cases had been discharged from hospital after recovery, accounting for 87 percent of all the confirmed cases.

After active search and trace in Bang Khen where Rajadamnern Stadium situates, a COVID-19 infected patient was discovered, who was a 51-year-old bus driver. Four close contacts also received test and showed negative. At present, the infected patient is receiving treatment at a private medical institution.

Source: InfoQuest, by Tanawat Suayaem/ Rachada, translated by Xinhua Silk Road 

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