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Phuket officials to launch islandwide door-to-door checks for COVID-19

Phuket officials to launch islandwide door-to-door checks for COVID-19

PHUKET: Phuket will be the first province in the country to launch door-to-door checks of residents’ body temperatures in the hope of identifying infected people early and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 9 April 2020, 05:59PM

Governor Phakaphong announced the news while receiving 3,000 infrared thermometers from the DDPM Region 11 office in Surat Thani. Photo: PR Dept

Governor Phakaphong announced the news while receiving 3,000 infrared thermometers from the DDPM Region 11 office in Surat Thani. Photo: PR Dept

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatan announced the news during a ceremony held yesterday (Apr 8) to receive 3,000 infrared thermometers supplied by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Region 11 office based in Surat Thani.

In Phuket to present the devices to Governor Phakaphong was DDPM Region 11 Director Udomsak Khao Nuna.

Governor Phakaphong thanked Mr Udomsak for the delivery, and said that Phuket will be the first province where every household will be checked for possible infection of COVID-19.

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“The 3,000 infrared thermometer that we received will be given to teams of volunteers comprising health volunteers, civil defense volunteers, members of the public and village headmen who will knock on every household door to check people’s temperatures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Governor Phakaphong said.

The thermometers will be used together with a mobile phone application to report the teams’ findings, he explained.

“Checking the temperatures of all people is a way to build people’s confidence,” Gov Phakaphong added.

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Kurt | 12 April 2020 - 19:26:01

Perhaps the Governor can open the beaches again and cancel the useless alcohol ban with a nice ceremony at a beach with sprinkling a bottle champagne.

friend | 12 April 2020 - 09:44:25

 Covid19 outdoor etiquette: no spitting, and keep your distance .
A tip social distancing means leaving 2 metres space between people.All precautions taken are fine, but they do not solve the problem, but they risk strangling the economy of phuket with social and safety repercussions. with this solution it is possible to open the beaches and more and give everyone a breath.

Conundrum-farang | 12 April 2020 - 04:56:24

Just let the locals do what is best even it may not be the best and if you don’t like the way it’s being handled, move to another country after international travel bans are lifted. 

Don’t forget, if it wasn’t for the Thai style many of you wouldn’t be living or work in Thailand. If Thailand ran the country like the States, UK and AU you wouldn’t be here.

friend | 11 April 2020 - 14:51:03

one question,do not you think that this action door to door can help the spread of the virus........

Christy Sweet | 10 April 2020 - 21:54:39

Worker camps, with the cheesy face masks-perfect storm for an anti- bacterial resistant cholera -or about a little hanta with that corona - outbreak waiting to happen in Pig-Town,  S. Bang Tao Beach.   

GerryT81 | 10 April 2020 - 21:46:51

@Kurt, I see you still have nothing better to do right now as to drive around and check on worker camps and your neighborhood in general.Very brainy and of highest importance right now.Some people will never change.

Jor12 | 10 April 2020 - 15:53:42

Unbelievable comments. It amazes me how some people manage to make their way in life.

Kurt | 10 April 2020 - 15:33:04

@Pascal, Temp scanning is an ..'just that moment check'...  Good for Supermarket visits indeed. Not for house to house visits if not done again next days. It give a fake health indication about Phuket. And fake confidence building of people. Just superficial.

Kurt | 10 April 2020 - 15:15:47

At end of Soi 43, Chalong, burmese workers camp. Filthy dirty, with big rats, sure for years no Phuket sanitation officer inspected there. Living conditions are bad and such that there is no 'social distance' possible. I am sure none of the 3000 thermometers will go into that camp. hahaha. Behind camp a housing construction site with workers living at the spot. Same story. 

Kurt | 10 April 2020 - 15:00:33

Went  to Makro Rawai. Between Tesco Lotus and Makro a loooong tent, 10 'officials' in black uniform + 1 RTP sitting shoulder at shoulder like birds on a power cable. No social distance at all. Phuket Government should focus more on 'social distance'. More important than a quick moment temp check if check not done every day.

Pascale | 10 April 2020 - 13:17:38

@Kurt Do you refuse scanning in supermarkets ? If not what is your problem with those door to door checks.They don't do it rectal. It's done with infrared thermometer and those need only little to near zero disinfection.And believe me,it's not a "fun job" for them to walk around.

Pascale | 10 April 2020 - 12:41:50

@Shwe.  What has your absurd rant to do with this article.You think they do this checks because they don't like foreigner and only foreigner are tested.DUH. Please,relocate after this is over.

Kurt | 10 April 2020 - 12:10:45

Going around with 3000 thermometers is a 'fun job'. Just gives a moment picture. Tomorrow the person can have fever. Good piece of advice. Visit the 24 hour shops and educate staff on 'social distance in front counters and between the racks were the walking space is to small to be safe. But that is no fun job, so probably will be ignored.
And ongoing building construction works?

Kurt | 10 April 2020 - 11:50:55

Social distance = 1.5 metres. Are there Officials with 1.5 metres long arms to check my temp ? Are the thermometers disinfected after/before every measuring? 

maverick | 10 April 2020 - 11:19:08

It’s a step in the right direction as many people who may have been in contact with a carrier have effectively been isolated for at least a week in some cases longer so whilst it doesn’t deal with folks who could be asymptomatic it will potentially remove the sick( and those they have been in contact with) which in turn means on a local basis bringing the economy back on line 

Shwe | 10 April 2020 - 11:00:13

The Government knows what it is doing DUH, so shut up, do things the Thai way, do as you are told and don't question what the "government does". If the locals dislike foreigners that much why do they take our money? Let them be honest and tell tourists not to come here!

Galong | 10 April 2020 - 10:25:57

The government is being proactive! No wonder the locals dislike foreigners, geez. Stop acting like you're all infectious disease experts, you're not.  If them doing this really bothers you, think about what your home country is doing. Is it any better, honestly?  

goldwing | 10 April 2020 - 09:25:13

is it an offense to refuse to have a temperature check when in means someone will have to get within arms length of you and that person may well be infected, This is in contradiction of the social distancing advice

Shwe | 10 April 2020 - 06:06:21

does nothing for my confidence, this is a waste of time unless each person is checked every day, and then it only shows if you have a fever, just another example of " we don,t know what we are doing, but we are doing it as fast as we can"

vegasbaby | 09 April 2020 - 19:43:24

Oh, this should go well.  As long as you are in the residence, might as well check for drugs, guns, and sewer connection.

Fascinated | 09 April 2020 - 18:41:41

Sort of defeats the purpose of self-quarantining when a group of people troops from house to house in the village. What means will be taken to decontaminate between households? Willthe checkers be checked before deplouig on their tasks? I support a prper program but don't want some random person with minimum training knocking on my door at this stage in the game. Checking temperatures is fluff...

Christy Sweet | 09 April 2020 - 18:26:23

With 30%, or more- asymptomatic, it's an almost useless endeavor.  This is not the time for aesthetics.


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