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Nearly 500 tested at Phuket workers’ camps, all clear

Nearly 500 tested at Phuket workers’ camps, all clear

PHUKET: Nearly 500 workers living at six major workers’ camps in Muang District have all passed COVID-19 screening, with not one person being recorded as having a high body temperature.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 25 April 2020, 06:05PM

A woman at one of the camps presents herself and her baby to be checked. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

A woman at one of the camps presents herself and her baby to be checked. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

At team of 37 health officials accompanied by provincial defense volunteers and volunteers from the Government Savings Bank, all led by Siripong Leeprasit of the Phuket Provincial Civil Defense Committee, visited the six camps yesterday (Apr 24)

The aim of the campaign was to ensure that migrant workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia were not overlooked in the current sweep of the island to make sure any persons suspected of being infected with COVID-19 are quickly identified and placed under observation.

The camps, and the number of people checked by the screening team at each camp, were reported as follows:

  1. PK2001 camp in Moo 3, Rassada: 85 Myanmar nationals,  6 Thais – Total 91 people
  2. Phuket Camp at Thawatchai Village in Moo 3, Rassada: 45 Myanmar nationals, 22 Thais – Total 67 people
  3. Sam Silachai Co camp in Moo1, Rassada: 4 Myanmar nationals, 12 Thais – Total 16 people
  4. Traimit Engineering Co Camp in Moo 1, Rassada, 141 Myanmar nationals, 3 Thais – Total 144 people
  5. Ung Saeng Heng camp located near the Phuket Provincial Hospital: 23 Myanmar nationals, 100 Thais – Total 123 people
  6. CST Green Engineering camp in Soi Sena Niwet, Rassada: 34 Myanmar workers, 22 Thais – Total 56 people

In total, 497 people were checked at the six camps.

“No fever was found among any of the workers,” Mr Siripong noted in his report.

“None of them had a body temperature over 37.5°C, and they were checked by health officials," he added.

The teams explained to the workers preventive measures to help prevent them contracting the virus, he added.

“Everyone co-operated very well,” he said.


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Kurt | 27 April 2020 - 09:56:40

Pascale, dim lights. Aim of raid was to check foreign worker camps in the sweep. Government checkers bumped unexpected into many of these non-registered Thai as Phuket has thousands. I not pretend to know more or better about worker camps than Phuket Government officials, who simply not know who Thai are living on Phuket. A stark contrast with  knowledge about expats, foreign retirees.

Jor12 | 27 April 2020 - 05:48:45

When people who have been brought up with a silver spoon in their mouth, stop running down poor unfortunate people trying to eke out a living or just to feed themselves or families, then others won't be making fun of them. Perhaps he could volunteer to help those who are helping them.

DeKaaskopp | 26 April 2020 - 23:55:31

@K.   If they show always the same result of 35.8 when you come,maybe they don't use a thermometer but an IQ level tester ?

Hermann1 | 26 April 2020 - 15:56:14

Sorry,I wanted to say: Stop making fun of him.

Hermann1 | 26 April 2020 - 15:55:19

@ r u sure. Why are you insulting Kurt ? He made 2 very intelligent comments . What is your own opinion ? Stop making fun of me.

GerryT81 | 26 April 2020 - 15:03:28

@r u sure!   You nailed it !  555

r u sure | 26 April 2020 - 11:44:13

I think you need your temperature checked @Kurt! And if I was the investigating officer I know where I would be putting the thermometer 555

Kurt | 26 April 2020 - 10:44:30

I miss the checks on the workers camps at, and around Soi 43 ( Soi Anusorn) in Chalong in this list. Guess sanitary wise it is there just to dirty for the health check people to go in there. Conveniently pass by.

Kurt | 26 April 2020 - 10:36:09

TESTED or just temperature taken? That are 2 different things. Temp taken gives a false picture, as people can be infected and in incubation time. I visit regular 2 shops. Security guards take temp. In one shop my temp is always 36.6, in the other shop next door always 35.8. I think the thermometers are 'blocked'.

Pascale | 26 April 2020 - 10:33:56

I remember some poster calling those camps " Myanmar worker camps" Looking at the figures ,over 30% were Thai's. Seems like K. and others are not so well informed as they pretend to be.

Dicko | 25 April 2020 - 21:36:10

Hmmm, given that up to 50% of people infected are asymptomatic and of the remaining 50% around 88% develop a fever and then only for about 50% of the time they are infectious I don't think only taking temperature can be considered an adequate "test" 

Christy Sweet | 25 April 2020 - 19:55:40

Tested? That headline is incorrect and should have a disclaimer that a mere temperature  check is not a test, nor sufficient.

mirthpro | 25 April 2020 - 19:55:16

This is the sequel to Dumb and Dumber. 80% of those infected have no fever symptom. So what is the point of checking only temperature? 

trevjase | 25 April 2020 - 19:14:21

Temperature checks are not a test for Corona, cannot say :"All clear"

trevjase | 25 April 2020 - 18:56:48

Temperature check pass only is not "all clear" of the virus.


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