COVID-19 patients face legal action for refusal to transfer to Thai field hospitals

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Deputy public health minister Sathit Pitutecha said every COVID-19 patient must be taken care of by medical personnel from the Ministry of Public Health at a ministry medical facility, otherwise they violate the communicable disease law.

The Public Health Ministry is considering taking legal action against a number of COVID-19 patients who refused to be transferred to field hospitals for treatment.



Deputy public health minister Sathit Pitutecha said every COVID-19 patient must be taken care of by medical personnel from the Ministry of Public Health at a ministry medical facility, otherwise they violate the communicable disease law.

He explained that it was difficult to predict the severity of symptoms among those who contract COVID-19. Symptoms could get worse at any time making the risk greater for them if they are not closely monitored by ministry medical personnel. (NNT)