6 June 2024

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his condolences to the family of a Thai man who died from suspected heart failure while quarantined in a state facility.

Defence Ministry spokesman Lt-Ge Kongcheep Tantravanich said today that the Prime Minister also ordered the Police Hospital to identify the exact cause of Mr. Pongsak Kidkha’s death and instructed officials to help to his family with funeral arrangements in his home town, in Chum Puang district of the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Mr. Pongsak arrived from Japan on June 9th and entered state quarantine at a hotel in Bangkok, during which he underwent two tests, which both returned negative results for COVID-19.

According to doctors, Mr. Pongsak suffered from heart problems, but had enough medication to last the 14 days in quarantine.

Deputy Defence Minister Gen Chaicharn Changmongkol went to the Bangkok Centre Hotel to supervise the transfer of Mr. Pongsak’s remains to Nakhon Ratchasima.

He also ordered health officials at all state quarantine facilities to pay special attention to people suffering with chronic medical conditions.