NHSO improves 1330 hotline service for COVID-19 patients

The National Health Security Office (NHSO) has improved its 1330 hotline service to accommodate those testing positive for COVID-19 with rapid antigen tests, by providing them with counselling and medication…

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Online medical service launched for COVID-infected Gold Health Card holders

Thailand’s National Health Security Office (NHSO) is providing a free online telemedicine service to COVID-infected Gold Health Card holders in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut…

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NHSO’s home isolation program for COVID-19 patients ends Thursday

Thailand’s National Health Security Office (NHSO), which has run the home isolation program for COVID-19 patients at a total cost of more than 150 billion baht, has decided to shut…

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Thailand to expedite mailing of Favipiravir to COVID-19 patients, over 8,000 helped so far

The National Health Security Office (NHSO) and the Rajavithi hospital are speeding up the mailing out of anti-viral Favipiravir medicine to more than 3,500 COVID-19 patients in Bangkok and surrounding…

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Thailand’s daily COVID-19 cases forecast to reach 40,000-50,000 in mid-April

Thailand’s daily COVID-19 cases, confirmed by RT-PCR tests, are forecast by the Disease Control Department to reach 40,000-50,000 cases in mid-April and may reach 100,000 if existing restrictions are further…

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Thailand’s national health hotline in need of call centre help, volunteers

The National Health Security Office (NHSO) 1330 hotlines have been running red hot, with an average of 20,000 calls for help each day. The number of calls yesterday (Monday) jumped…

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COVID community isolation centre in Bangkok’s Kiak Kai welcomes children

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said today (Monday) that infections among children and the elderly are likely to increase during the current spread of COVID-19 in Bangkok. He advised that infected…

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Plan approved to seek funding from Loan Act to cover medical services provided to the Thai public

The board of Thailand’s National Health Security Office (NHSO) has approved a proposal to seek 51.1 billion baht in funding from the government’s one trillion baht Loan Executive Decree to…

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Removal of COVID-19 from Thailand’s universal health coverage list may be postponed

Thailand’s Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said today (Sunday) that he will discuss with Anutin Charnvirakul, the Minister of Public Health, the possibility of postponing, from March 1st to…

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927 million baht paid to over 8,000 people suffering side effects from COVID vaccinations

Between April 5th and December 26th, Thailand’s National Health Security Office (NHSO) paid out about 927 million baht in financial aid to 8,470 people who suffered undesirable side effects after…

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Thai national health gold card holders to get six additional free services

Thailand’s National Health Security Office (NHSO) has agreed to provide six additional free health services to holders of gold health cards from January 1st. According to Assoc. Prof. Prasobsri Ungthavorn…

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Free IUDs for under 20s available at all NHSO-connected hospitals in Thailand

Women under 20 can now get a free contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD) at all private and state hospitals connected with Thailand’s National Health Security Office (NHSO), according to Dr. Suwanchai…

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Thai Rural Doctor Society explains why only 14% of the Lepu ATKs delivered to southern provinces were distributed

Most people in the country’s four southern border provinces, including local hospitals, have rejected the Chinese-made Lepu rapid antigen test kits (ATKs), despite the continuing COVID-19 surge in the region,…

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A volunteer from the Bangkok Community Help Foundation administering a rapid antigen test, which screens for the Covid-19 coronavirus, to a resident of the Khlong Toei community in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Cooperation is the driving force in surviving the pandemic

Volunteers have been playing a crucial role in keeping Thailand’s health system working and have helped save lives, admitted Assistant Secretary-General of National Health Security Office, Dr. Yupadee Sirisinsuk. She…

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3,224 people suffering serious vaccine side effects receive 157 million baht in compensation

Thailand’s National Health Security Office (NHSO) has paid a total of 157.29 million baht in compensation to 3,224 people who suffered serious side effects after inoculation with COVID-19 vaccines. NHSO…

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8.5 million COVID test kits to be distributed for free across Thailand from Sep 16

8.5 million COVID rapid antigen test kits (ATKs) purchased from China will be distributed to members of the public free of charge, starting on September 16th. The National Health Security…

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Cabinet U-turns on COVID-19 antigen test kits’ WHO standards

The cabinet, with the agreement of the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, withdrew his instruction, issued a week ago, that the rapid antigen test kits (ATK), to be procured by the…

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Thai health authorities to eliminate duplicate food allowances for COVID-19 patients in isolation

Thailand’s National Health Security Office will reduce the allowance, given to COVID-19 patients in home or community isolation, to 600 baht per day, from 1,000 baht, to eliminate duplication of…

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A comprehensive guide to home and community isolation in Thailand

Most people who test positive for COVID-19 today will likely have to go into “home isolation” or “community isolation”, as Thailand’s public-health system is overwhelmed by new cases. The culprit…

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10% of people in Bangkok given COVID-19 antigen tests since July 12 infected

About 10% of over 50,000 people in Bangkok checked using antigen test kits (ATK) since July 12th, under an active screening campaign, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to  the National…

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Online registration required for free COVID-19 tests at Government Complex

Only those with online registrations are being accepted at the COVID-19 test site at the Government Complex, as the site is among a few offering free Rapid Antigen tests, with…

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This handout from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration taken and released on April 21, 2021 shows beds and items provided to patients in a field hospital set up in the Bangkok Arena indoor multi-purpose sporting venue to accomodate an upsurge in the number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases in the country. (Photo by Handout / BANGKOK METROPOLITAN ADMINISTRATION / AFP)

Use of schools, temples instead of homes proposed for asymptomatic, mild COVID-19 cases

A senior doctor, at the Faculty of Medicine of Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University, has expressed concern over the idea of home isolation for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, or those with mild symptoms,…

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More funding for NHSO to compensate for serious vaccine side effects

The government has allocated an additional 30 million baht to the National Health Security Office to be used to pay compensation to people who suffer rare serious side effects from…

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A medical staff member draw vials of the Coronavac vaccine, before administering it to members of the Klong Toey community, at a school in Bangkok on May 4, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai government to pay 400,000 baht to family of man who dies after vaccination

The Saraburi-based Zone 4 branch of the Thai National Health Security Office (NHSO) has agreed to pay 469,000 baht initial compensation to eight people who developed undesirable side effects after…

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Thailand hospital ambulance

Is treatment for COVID-19 really free in Thailand?

Despite the government’s repeated assurance that treatment for COVID-19 is free, not everyone is convinced. Copies of hefty hospital bills for COVID care are circulating widely on social media platforms….

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When to get a COVID test and what to do if you test positive

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Thailand rising on a daily basis, many people are worrying about whether they have contracted the contagious virus. In fact, even simple cold…

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