Thailand’s largest field hospital closes as last Covid-19 patient is released

Thailand’s largest Covid-19 field hospital has closed as the number of critically ill patients and new infections continues to decline. The Ministry of Public Health closed the Busarakham field hospital yesterday. The installation was located at the Impact Exhibition and Congress Center in the central province of Nonthaburi.

According to a report from the Bangkok Post, the hospital opened on May 14 and has since treated 20,436 Covid-19 patients from the greater Bangkok area. Addressing attendees at yesterday’s closing ceremony, Dr Kiatiphum Wongrajit said it only took 7 days to set up the “biggest and best” field hospital in the country. But a drop in new admissions, followed by the discharge of the last patient, means the facility is now closed.

“In July, up to 200 patients per day were admitted due to outbreaks of the Delta variant of Covid-19. Admissions gradually declined in September when there were 5-6 new cases per day. The last patient was released on September 20.

In his remarks, Kiatiphum also congratulated all the healthcare workers in Busarakham, who have now returned to their usual places of work. It is understood that hospital equipment and supplies will be distributed to other facilities in need across the country.

Originally housing 1,000 beds, the facility has grown to accommodate 3,700 beds, thanks to contributions from the private and civil sectors, as well as government funding. The field hospital boasted intensive care and semi-intensive care units and its presence ensured that ordinary hospital beds could be freed up for critically ill patients.

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THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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