Phuket faces clinic bed shortage crisis



Phuket faces a severe bed shortage as Covid-19 spreads across the island, Wachira Phuket Hospital said yesterday.

Chalermpong Sukhonthaphol, director of the hospital, said the bed occupancy rate for patients with mild symptoms in field hospitals and community isolation centers stands at 80%.

Meanwhile, the occupancy rate of public and private hospitals has exceeded their capacity to 119%, forcing hospitals to place Covid-19 patients in other wards.

Dr Chalermpong said the province plans to transfer moderate patients to field hospitals while patients with mild conditions will be transferred to hospitals and home isolation will open more space for critical Covid patients -19.

The province has more than 70,000 doses of the vaccine, allocated by the government, Spain and Japan, so its goal is to vaccinate 300,000 people this month, Dr Chalermpong said.

Phuket‘s deputy public health chief Muanprae Boonlom said there were 244 new cases and three deaths reported on Wednesday.

There are 3,549 people with Covid-19 in hospitals, 4,434 have been released and 1,178 are being treated in community isolation.

He said 93 are patients in the Phuket sandbox, 23 with the virus from overseas and 10 from other provinces.

Critical patients accounted for 71% of bed occupancy, moderately critical patients 81%, and patients with mild symptoms 90%.

The province’s daily new cases were over 200 after the occurrence of nine clusters.


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