Thailand has launched a comprehensive project to help healthcare facilities and personnel strengthen their response to COVID-19, and to improve the health care system – “build back better” – after the pandemic subsides.
All healthcare facilities in Bangkok and 12 Regional Health Offices across the country will participate in the project over the next 10 months. The Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health, with support from WHO and the government of Japan has developed a ‘new normal’ model for health service delivery to strengthen the healthcare system and support health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Pattani province is piloting the “new normal” system. Located deep in the south of Thailand, on the border with Malaysia, the province has reported 91 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the epidemic. All were detected through screening persons entering Thailand, tracing contacts of known cases, or active case finding in the community.