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No shortage of Favipiravir, hospital beds or medical supplies, says Prayut


Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced on Monday that there are enough stocks of Favipiravir, medical supplies and hospital beds to treat Covid-19 patients nationwide.

The premier also instructed the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) to make enough Favipiravir pills available in line with the current Covid-19 situation.

Prayut’s statement was in response to a message posted on the Rural Doctor Society (RDS) Facebook page last week that said several hospitals outside Bangkok were facing severe shortages of Favipiravir.

RDS also accused the GPO of monopolising the industry and ignoring the needs of hospitals outside Bangkok.

The GPO responded by saying it has 24 million Favipiravir pills in stock and is manufacturing another 60 million which is more than enough.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has reported that there were 1,300 beds available for community isolation and that it will prepare another 1,000 beds.

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Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana also quoted Prayut as saying he was worried for elderly people, especially those who are bedridden or have chronic conditions. He warned that people living with the elderly should take maximum precaution to ensure nobody is infected.

Daily Covid-19 cases in Thailand have been surging due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

Published : February 28, 2022

By : THE NATION