23 May 2024

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was admitted to Phramongkutklao Hospital for overnight observation of his swollen right hand, after his return from a trip to Ayutthaya province yesterday (Friday).

His personal doctor visited his residence, in the compound of the First Infantry Regiment, to examine the hand. The doctor detected something abnormal and returned today to check on his condition, after which the prime minister was admitted to the hospital for an X-ray and closer examination.

An informed source said that the prime minister’s symptoms resemble calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (CPPD), but it is not gout. A plaster cast was put on his swollen hand.

The prime minister has reportedly cancelled his planned trips to Ratchaburi and Songkhla provinces,scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

The cabinet meeting on Tuesday and other activities at the Government House remain unchanged.