thailand launches new scheme to help covid 19 patients avoid hospital stay - Thailand launches new scheme to help COVID-19 patients avoid hospital stay

People affected by unemployment following lockdown measures to halt the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus line up for food donations at Wat Bowonniwetwiharn in Bangkok on April 22, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Kiattibhoom Vongrachit has announced a new scheme to treat COVID-19 patients without the need for hospital admission.

If found to be infected, after taking a rapid antigen test, doctors will provide medications, such as Favipiravir, Fah Talai Jone Thai herbal medicine or others, depending on the symptoms exhibited, such as a fever, a cough or a runny nose. The scheme is expected to begin nationwide on March 1st.

He also said that Chiang Mai and Phuket have already launched the scheme, which has proved to be effective.

Siriraj Hospital has also implemented a plan, to enable patients to receive treatment at home. Elderly patients, or those with any of the seven underlying diseases, can also receive treatment under this plan. If these people are at high risk, however, they might have to be admitted to hospital for treatment.

This scheme is in line with the ministry’s plan for COVID-19 to be reclassified as an endemic disease in Thailand in the future.