Thai Navy reopens 3 field hospitals to deal with COVID-19 outbreak

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The Royal Thai Navy reopened field hospitals at three of its bases on Monday to deal with the influx of new cases of Covid-19. The Nation / Asia news network

BANGKOK – The Royal Thai Navy reopened field hospitals at three of its bases on Monday to deal with the influx of new cases of Covid-19.

Navy chief Admiral Somprasong Nilsamai said the three field hospitals can accommodate 1,109 patients.

The first is located within the Air and Coastal Defense Command in the Sattahip district of Chonburi and has 544 beds. The second is in the Marine Command, also in Sattahip, and has 180 beds, while the third is in the 16th Navy Training Field in the village of Ban Chanthaklem in Chanthaburi with 385 beds.

The three field hospitals will be overseen by the provincial public health offices.

The facilities were initially opened at the start of last year to deal with an increase in infections of the Delta variant, but were temporarily closed when cases started to decline later in the year.

The naval chief added that he had tasked Somdet Phra Pin Klao hospital in Bangkok’s Thon Buri district and the Queen Sirikit naval hospital in Sattahip to prepare for an influx of Covid-19 patients.

The two general hospitals, which are under the jurisdiction of the Navy, can perform lab tests and are equipped with intensive care units and negative pressure rooms for severe patients.

The Navy’s Covid-19 emergency center has also asked its main agencies to set up 32 community isolation centers with a total of 2,335 beds to care for naval personnel and their families who are either asymptomatic, or showing mild symptoms of Covid-19.

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