Mrs. Silapasuai Rawisaengsun, Permanent Secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), revealed after the site visit to inspect the BMA field hospital set up at Chaloem Phrakiat 84 Phansa Stadium in Bang Bon District that the overall preparedness of the BMA field hospital was implemented in 3 aspects, namely, 1. Expand capacity of hospitals in Bangkok to be a semi-permanent field hospital, as in the Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital, with the increase of 500 beds; 2. Prepare hotels that could be converted into hospital, or “Hospitel”, to accommodate patients and the BMA was in the process of contacting hotels who are ready to become network of the BMA affiliated hospitals; and 3. Set up field hospitals, such as the field hospital at the Chaloem Phrakiat 84 Phansa Stadium in Bang Bon district, which was named “Erawan I Field Hospital” and could accommodate 200 beds for COVID-19 patients.

The Erawan I Field Hospital is another point to accommodate COVID-19 patients for observation of asymptomatic or mild COVID-19 cases or the Green COVID-19 Patients and for basic treatment. The inpatient care unit is organized as a COVID-19 surveillance group with close attention and facilitation to all patients. At present, the preparedness at the field hospital includes provision of accommodation, beds and mattresses, pillows, food, and drinking water, supported by private sector; arrangement of medical and healthcare personnel from the Venerable Thawisak Jutindharo Hospital to help take care of patients; and facilitation in terms of safety and security. It is expected that the Erawan I Field Hospital can be opened and care for patients on April 13, 2021. At the same time, the BMA will expedite the preparedness of all field hospitals to be perfectly prepared for service.

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