11 July 2024

A cargo terminal, inside Don Mueang International Airport, is being converted into a huge field hospital with the capacity to accommodate 2,000 asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases beginning on July 12th.

Managing Director of Airports of Thailand Nitinai Sirismatthakarn said today (Tuesday) that the Ministry of Public Health, in cooperation with the Treasury Department and Mongkutwattana hospital, have agreed to use the 4th cargo terminal which covers up to 18,000 sqm as a field hospital.

Many cleaners were seen today sweeping the floor of the facility, after which power and lighting systems will be installed, to be followed by the installation of partitions and beds.

Mobile toilets will be deployed, after which the field hospital will be ready to open, as scheduled, on July 12th.

Director of Don Mueang Airport Sampan Khuntranont assured the public that air passengers will not be affected, because the cargo terminal is located about three kilometres from the passenger terminal.

New COVID-19 cases are surging on daily basis, logging up to 6,000 per day in the past week, overwhelming the existing capacity of general and field hospitals.