Chiang Mai opens the 1st medical drive-thru

Chiang Mai opens the 1st medical drive-thru

Free pills for people with mild symptoms

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The country’s first drive-thru drug service that prescribes free Favipiravir antiviral pills to Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms has been rolled out in Chiang Mai province.

The drive-thru was launched at Chiang Mai Municipal Hospital on Witchayanon Road in tambon Chang Moi of Muang district. There is no walk-in service available and appointments must be made in advance by calling the hospital direct (0893663215 or 0905230425).

Chiang Mai Mayor Assanee Buranupakorn said the service is available to those who self-test with antigen test kits (ATKs) and test positive but only have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, and who prefer to be treated at home.

The service is set up on leaving the hospital. Relatives of patients can bring the prescription number to receive Favipiravir pills on their behalf to help contain the virus, Mr Assanee said.

The two hospital phone numbers are not connected to the National Health Security Bureau’s “1330” hotline or the coordination centers of the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Bureau, he said. note.

Medical staff will ask for more details about the patient before giving them a prescription number to receive 50 tablets of Favipiravir, as defined by the Ministry of Public Health. About 100 people a day have made appointments to get them so far, he said.

Mr Assanee said he hoped this would make the treatment system widely accessible and reduce the number of patients with Covid-19.

Besides the drive-thru, Chiang Mai set up ATK test sites at the Nakornping sub-district office on March 3-4 and will do so again on Monday. It will set up similar sites at Si Wichai sub-district office from March 8 to 10 and at San Ku Lek cemetery on March 11 and March 13-14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those who test positive will receive free Favipiravir pills so they can treat themselves at home. People with chronic illnesses or low blood oxygen will be admitted to Nakornping Hospital.

In addition, members of at-risk groups can take an ATK test at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium, Assanee added.

Meanwhile, Danai Sarapruek, director of the Public Health Promotion Division in Chiang Mai, said the province is registering between 300 and 350 new Covid cases per day.

Some 15,052 patients are currently being treated, he added.

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