11 July 2024

Thailand’s first field hospital equipped with intensive care unit facilities will be officially opened tomorrow (Tuesday), to receive COVID patients with severe symptoms.

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said in his Facebook post today that the hospital, operated by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), is located at the Chalerm Phrakiat stadium in Thung Khru and has a 432 patient capacity.

Medical personnel from Charoenkrung Pracharak Hospital will be posted at the field hospital around the clock, he added.

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The governor explained that the number of severe cases has been increasing lately, accounting for 14% of all the infections, hence the need for more hospital beds to meet the demand.

In order to ease the congestion in general hospitals, he said patients with mild symptoms will be moved from hospitals to field hospitals or hotels, which have been turned into hospitals to accommodate asymptomatic cases and those with mild symptoms.