Doctor shares photos of people camping out for COVID-19 treatment in Bangkok

Photos: Thiravat Hemachudha / Facebook
Photos: Thiravat Hemachudha / Facebook

A doctor has shared pictures of people camping outside a hospital in hopes of getting a bed for COVID-19 treatment. 

Thiravat Hemachudha, neurologist and director of the Health Science Centre of Emerging Diseases at Chulalongkorn University, on Thursday night shared images of people camping outside the Ramathibodi Hospital in Bangkok. 

“At least these people who cannot get access to hospital’s treatment should be provided with favipiravir to take at home,” Thiravat wrote, referring to antiviral medication used to treat COVID-19 patients. “You can at least give minimally symptomatic patients green chiretta, cannabis oil or a 12-milligram anti-parasite drug to fight the virus.”

The post was shared more than 1,700 times on Facebook with many comments expressing their bitterness toward the government while others asked the doctor about medication or herbs they can use to treat coronavirus at home. 

Despite the government ensuring that there are enough beds for “severely affected” patients during the third-wave outbreak, there have been many complaints from people who said that they couldn’t find a bed at hospitals for themselves or their loved ones.

This morning, an 84-year-old man ended his life by jumping off a three-storey shophouse in Bangkok’s Ratchathewi district after his 57-year-old daughter, who reportedly couldn’t find a bed at a hospital, died from COVID-19. Police this morning found her body in bed inside the house.

#KillerGovernment also became a top trending hashtag on Twitter in Thailand with netizens slamming the inefficiency of the government that has led to several deaths of COVID-19 patients and suicides by those struggling during these trying times.

Photo: Thiravat Hemachudha / Facebook
Photo: Thiravat Hemachudha / Facebook
Photo: Thiravat Hemachudha / Facebook
Photo: Thiravat Hemachudha / Facebook
Photo: Thiravat Hemachudha / Facebook
Photo: Thiravat Hemachudha / Facebook

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