A staff from the Ministry of Labor, Mat Mamin, 54, died today, September 18, around noon after undergoing respiratory treatment caused by Covid-19 early this month.
Mat had served as an interpreter in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for more than 22 years and was found infected with Covid-19 while he was volunteering to assist Thai laborers in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Lebanon to return the country during the pandemics.
The interpreter was tested negative and had reportedly recovered from the coronavirus before he left Saudi Arabia but he had still suffered from respiratory damages the virus had caused.
The patient had returned to Thailand on September 2 for treatment at Rajavithi Hospital. According to the medics, the patient was suffering from severe respiratory symptoms and had to wear a respirator at all times. The patient had originally caught the virus overseas, the Ministry of Labor added.
His medical test had still shown negative for the virus throughout the treatment. Doctors stressed he was not contagious and the public should not be fearful of an outbreak. Mat was suffering from pneumonia due to drug-resistant bacteria and eventually passed away around 12:00 PM today.
Somsak Akasilp, the director-general of the Medical Services Department, told the associated press that the patient had not died from Covid-19 since there was no Covid-19 detected in his body while he was undergoing treatment at the hospital.
But his cause of death was rather the lung infection and other respiratory symptoms that occurred while he was suffering from Covid-19, the director-general added.
Photo Courtesy: Ministry of Public Health
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