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Shift to ‘endemic’ forecast within 4 months

Shift to ‘endemic’ forecast within 4 months

BANGKOK: The Public Health Ministry is setting its sights on declaring the spread of the coronavirus disease as endemic within the next four months, said its top official.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 26 February 2022, 08:30AM


Officials at Government House undergo a nasal swab as preparations are under way to welcome Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob who arrived in the kingdom on Thursday for a three-day official visit. Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

Officials at Government House undergo a nasal swab as preparations are under way to welcome Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob who arrived in the kingdom on Thursday for a three-day official visit. Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

Kiattiphum Wongrajit, permanent secretary for public health, said the fatality rate in the current Omicron wave is significantly lower than during the previous outbreak, reports the Bangkok Post.

Even though lung infections are on the rise, these numbers are also proportionally lower relative to previous caseloads, he added.

Public Health Ministry spokesman Rungruang Kitpati said the fatalities were 10 times lower and studies suggested they will be slashed in half again if 60%-70% of elderly people get a third jab.

Dr Kiattiphum said the ministry will hold a press conference soon to outline its management plan for transitioning to managing an endemic disease.

In early January, the ministry said it intended to downgrade COVID-19 to an endemic disease this year as the current wave showed mild symptoms and more people receive vaccines.

Dr Kiattiphum also defended the ministry’s plan to remove COVID-19 treatments for patients with no or mild symptoms from the list of conditions covered by the Universal Coverage for Emergency Patients (UCEP) scheme.

He said budget planning would have to be reviewed for financial sustainability, noting that about B100 billion of the Ucep fund has been spent treating COVID-19 patients at both state-run and private hospitals, while another B100bn had financed the vaccination rollout.

He insisted this group of patients would still be entitled to free treatment under the state welfare schemes they registered with, while moderate and severe cases remain covered by the Ucep scheme.

According to Dr Kiattiphum, patients with mild symptoms are being urged to enter home or community isolation programmes to free up hospital beds for moderate and severe cases and non-COVID patients.

“It isn’t just about budget planning. It’s about changing people’s attitude to prepare for an endemic disease. When patients have very mild symptoms, they take medicine and rest. If the symptoms worsen, it is time to see a doctor,” he said.

He said the ministry is prepared to adjust the duration of medical treatment for COVID-19 patients and the quarantine period for high-risk contacts.

Officials said lockdown measures are very unlikely to be reimposed despite the surge in infections.

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CaptainJack69 | 26 February 2022 - 12:05:06

Why would patients with no symptoms be getting any kind of paid treatment from hospitals? Even with 'mild' symptoms you just stay home and get your food delivered. Makes no sense.

Kurt | 26 February 2022 - 10:55:24

Perhaps Dr Kiattiphum was instructed to 'talk down' the Thai Covid situation as government desperately needs that 20% Nation income from tourism. Be serious about local Covid infection, but scrap that Thailand Pass and double Test& Go for international arrivals. Departure test +Fully vaccinated + Arrival test is enough. The rest is up to Lord Buddha.

Kurt | 26 February 2022 - 10:36:59

Just a few words in between from 'Public Health' about lung infections, like it is a minor matter. Well, in other countries they recognize already that many lung infections become chronical and effect lifes of many for the rest of their life.  And the mentioning of about 'within 4 months' a endemic declaration are just hollow words, not supported by how present situation developes.

 

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