Thailand’s first Covid-19 field hospital at campus receives two non-critical patients


BANGKOK – Thailand’s first Covid-19 field hospital opened its door for the first two coronavirus patients on Thursday.

Thammasat University has turned its DLUXX dormitory in the Rangsit campus to a 308-bed facility for non-critical coronavirus patients from five hospitals — Siriraj, Ramathibodi, Chulalongkorn, Vajira and Thammasat.

It is aimed at alleviating congestions at those hospitals after a recent jump in the number of patients.

The two patients who are recovering from coronavirus were admitted at the hospital Thursday morning.   To show they were in high spirits, the two came out on balconies and waved to the reporters.

Two more non-critical coronavirus patients will be admitted at the field hospital Thursday afternoon.

Mental health counselling will also be given to the patients.

Dr. Chatchai Mingmalailak, director of the field hospital, said the facility could be expanded to 600-bed capacity.

The field facility only provides basic medical treatment since it does not have an intensive care unit nor the equipment to handle critical patients, he said. (TNA)