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Hospitals focus on safety as they prepare for the 'new normal'

Emergency rooms in hospitals across the country are preparing for the "new normal" amid the Covid-19 crisis, be it in providing protective gear for nurses or social distancing areas for patients, Dr Chaloempon Chairat, the 10th Health Region director, said on Saturday (May 23).

The doctor explained that emergency rooms are now providing effective gears to nurses screening sick people, since they are at the first stage to risk Covid-19 infection.

Virus barriers have been set up in hospitals as well as social distancing areas. There are markings on the floor for patients to know the distance they should keep from others, he added.

Meanwhile, the safety levels in ambulances and that of their officers have been improved to prevent Covid-19 risk to both staff and patients. Each time the officers will wear airborne precautions, he explained.

For emergency cases which need cardiopulmonary resuscitation and respirator use, operations will be conducted in negative pressure rooms, with the least number of medical personnel required. The personnel will wear protective gears like those worn by staff moving patient beds from emergency rooms to others.

Importantly, the human density limit in the emergency rooms has been reduced, he added.

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Thai researcher eyes affordable, accessible coronavirus vaccine for SE Asia

A researcher leading Thailand’s push to manufacture a coronavirus vaccine says its aim is to make it cost-effective and accessible to Southeast Asia, and play a part in preventing a supply shortage globally.

Thailand’s government announced last week its plans to have a vaccine ready for deployment next year after researchers at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University successfully conducted trials on mice.

“We don’t aim for making money. It’s not a money issue but an accessibility one,” said Kiat Ruxrungtham, director of the university’s coronavirus vaccine development.

Thai trials of the experimental vaccine using monkeys started on Saturday, one of at least 100 potential vaccines in the works around the world.

Kiat’s group has partnered with scientists and biotech companies in North America and wants to mass produce the vaccine in Thailand, at a price more affordable there and in nearby markets like Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar.

With just over 3,000 cases and 57 deaths, Thailand has had some success in controlling the spread of the coronavirus and has started easing some restrictions.

In the past month it has typically been reporting cases each day of less than 10, compared to hundreds being confirmed daily in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

“If our neighbours still have high infection numbers then we won’t survive as well in the long term,” Kiat added.

He said it was important not to rely only on major economies to develop and manufacture coronavirus vaccines, or there could be supply bottlenecks.

“Lets say there is proof that it works, how can the manufacturing facility make millions or billions of doses?” he said.

“So a country like us, a small country, we need to step up and then do our own work as well.”

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Thai healthcare system among top ranked countries

Thai Health Report 2020 showed that Thailand’s healthcare system was ranked among top countries in Asia and the World and the country was in the world’s top 13 rankings of the countries, responding well to a pandemic.

The report was produced by the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University and Thai Health Promotion Foundation (THPE).

Dr. Nattaphan Supaka, Director of the Department of Relations and International Relations, THPF praised Thai medical personnel for their hard work to reduce the number of Covid-19 patients until the situation improved.

He said Thai Health Report 2020 collects the statistics from reliable international organizations, revealing Thailand’s healthcare system has gained worldwide recognition for the quality of its healthcare services.

The Global Health Security (GHS) Index, presented by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (JHU) placed Thailand sixth out of 195 countries and first in Asia with the score of 73.2, much higher than the global average at 40.2.

The country is also among top 13 countries, praised for being most prepared for a pandemic, he added.

Thai Health Report is produced yearly for health promotion partners and general public. This report consists of 3 parts including health indicators for presenting health situation, current health issues and special issue for in-depth discussion of the selected issue.

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