Deputy Minister of the Interior Nipon Bunyamanee visited Songkhla to meet medical professionals and health workers on the frontline fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing the preparedness of quarantine facilities for returning Thai nationals from Malaysia.
The minister thanked doctors, nurses, and health workers for their devotion and sacrifice in the fight against COVID-19 which has now lasted for three months.
He also delivered 10 sets of thermal imaging cameras used to monitor persons’ body temperature, and a 20,000-baht donation to the Songkhla Provincial Administrative Organization, which is serving as Songkhla’s central command center for COVID-19, for the treatment of patients, and as the province’s central donation agency.
The center provides temporary accommodation for medical staff, as well as an office for medical management and commands.
Songkhla province has joined hands with Prince of Songkhla University’s Songklanagarind Hospital in Hat Yai, and other hospitals in the province, to set up a field hospital at General Prem Tinsulanonda Historical Park, using the park’s Lamphu-Lamphan building to accommodate COVID-19 patients.
Mr Nipon said the authorities have been discussing viable quarantine facilities in Songkhla province, which now ready to accommodate Thai nationals returning from Malaysia, who will be subject to a stringent health screening protocol upon re-entry.
More officers have been deployed to patrol at some 70 natural border crossings along Thailand-Malaysia border, while the authorities have informed Thai nationals in Malaysia through their relatives in Thailand to register themselves in order to receive assistance, and to prevent associated risks from border crossing without a health screening. (NNT)