This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange) – also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19 – isolated from a patient in the United States, emerging from the surface of cells (green) cultured in the laboratory. (Image captured and colorized at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana)
From September 1stall hotel-based COVID-19 isolation wards will be phased out, and private and public hospitals will have direct access to antiviral drug supplies, as the country enters a post-pandemic period.
Professor Udom Kachinthorn, chairman of the National Public Health Reform Committee, said today (Thursday) that private and public hospitals can seek government reimbursement for drugs prescribed to patients with COVID-19.
He said that as COVID-19 is to be reclassified as an “infectious disease under surveillance”, instead of a “dangerous infectious disease” on October 1stpharmacies should also have access to antiviral drugs, pending an announcement from the Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA), adding that pharmacies can dispense the drugs to patients, but they need a medical prescription to avoid abuse.
TFDA General Secretary Paisarn Dunkum said they are working on a drug distribution system, to be applied to pharmacies, under which they can dispense drugs on doctor’s prescription and must keep a record of drugs dispensed.
Dr. Tharet Karatnairawiwong, Director General of the Department of Health Service Support, assured the public that the phasing out of isolation facilities in hotels will not impact the growing number of patients with COVID-19 in Bangkok, because Thailand has already passed the stage of the pandemic.
The number of isolation facilities in hotels has already decreased significantly over the past few months, due to the improving situation.
A ministerial regulation should be published shortly before September 1st.
Several thousand new COVID-19 infections, discovered using rapid antigen tests, are reported every day across the country, but most of them are asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms that do not require treatment. ‘hospitalization.