His Majesty the King has offered thirteen mobile Covid-19 examination vehicles for health authorities to conduct Covid-19 testing on local residents along Thailand’s border to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Following the escalation of the cases of Covid-19 in Myanmar, the so-called ‘Biosafety Mobile Unit’ vehicles were introduced as a mobile laboratory to collect disease samples of Covid-19 from at risk locals and illegal immigrants who were found entering the border in ten provinces, including Kanchanaburi, Chumphon, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Tak, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Ranong, Mae Hong Son, and Ratchaburi.
The testing procedures will be done by medical volunteers, along with the provincial health doctor from the Department of Disease Control to increase control measures onto those who are illegally crossing the national border as they are considered to be at high risk and might be possibly spreading the virus to Thailand.
Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, also ordered medical preparation to support the mobile off-site test with medical supplies and protective equipment.
The district health officers and volunteers, called the Migrant Health Volunteers (MHV) are also encouraged by the authorities to search and conduct Covid-19 tests on illegal migrants and to inform locals living along the border regarding strict health measures.
“Public relations within villages or communities are also highly recommended to help monitor a suspected patient who might be infected by the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the local residents are required to wear masks, wash their hands, and perform social distancing strictly to prevent the possibility of a second wave of the Covid-19,” the Minister added.
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