Mrs. Silapasuai Rawisaengsun, Permanent Secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), had a site visit to check the readiness in setting up additional BMA field hospital to handle surge in COVID-19 infections. She revealed that, as the situation of COVID-19 pandemic in the area of Bangkok Metropolitan continued to take a toll, the BMA decided to prepare for setting up one more field hospital to accommodate COVID-19 patients at Chaloem Phrakiat Sports Center in Thung Khru District. There are 4 gymnasiums which can be repurposed to clearly create separate ward environments for male and female patients (2 buildings for male patients and another 2 for female patients) with the capacity to accommodate 400 beds for COVID-19 patients. At present, indoor improvements and alterations have been carried out together with flooring installation, construction of rooms for the operations of medical personnel, improvement of toilets, and electrical system installation for ventilation fans. Regarding the improvements outside of the buildings, it is in the process of improving ground surface, digging and installing wastewater management system and septic tanks for the field hospital toilets, building structures for waste disposal, improving the surrounding areas of the gymnasiums, and checking of systems for CCTV cameras, waste disposal, and wastewater management.

Permanent Secretary for the BMA also added that sending patients to this field hospital would use the same principles as in other BMA field hospitals and it would accept only the asymptomatic or green COVID-19 patients. Charoen Krung Pracharak Hospital is assigned to manage the patient care. It is expected that this field hospital can be opened for service on May 5, 2021. The BMA has received support on equipment and materials from various organizations. Especially, the SCG has supported paper beds and nets, totaling 400 sets. Other organizations have also supported pillows, mattresses, and other related equipment and materials. Mrs. Silapasuai said that the BMA had spared no effort in making this premise perfect for accommodating patients infected with COVID-19 who need to be isolated from their family members and other people to prevent the spread of disease.

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