All 13 footballers in good health, but more test reports awaited

national July 13, 2018 01:00

By THE NATION

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THE 12 young footballers and their assistant coach rescued from a flooded Chiang Rai cave earlier this week were generally in good physical and mental health, showed no signs of stress and were able to sleep well, Public Health permanent secretary Dr Jessada Chokdamrongsuk said yesterday.



None of the youths or their coach, who were evacuated over three days from the Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai district, had a fever and yesterday morning the last of them were taken off saline drips.

The team will be quarantined and required to undergo seven days of antibiotic treatment at Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital, he said, quoting a report from hospital director Dr Chaiwet Thanapaisan. 

Three of the last five members to come out of the cave had initially been diagnosed with an inflammation of the middle ear and showed signs of fever, but had responded well to treatment, Jessada said. 

Lab tests of the youths had so far found no signs of dangerous infectious diseases, while the medical team awaits results of other tests for viral diseases, he said.

Jessada confirmed that the hospital’s team of psychologists had taken care of the boys’ relatives who had gathered in the tent in front of the cave from the time the search and rescue mission began. Another team is now providing mental healthcare to the 13 since their admission to hospital. Relatives of all the 13 footballers have been allowed to visit them but have had to wear a protective medical gown, face mask, hat and boots and maintain a two-metre distance, he added.

The hospital doctors also conducted medical check-ups on the four Thai SEAL divers who were kept under 24-hour medical surveillance. Results show they were normal, Jessada said

He also urged officials and volunteers involved in the rescue mission at the cave to follow advice in the “health beware cards” during the coming two-week period, rest at home, and immediately seek medical attention if they developed fever, headache, nausea, muscle pain or had respiratory difficulty.

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