BMA expedites PR activity based on D M H T T measures to reduce COVID-19 outbreak

Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, attended the Meeting of the BMA’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (BMA-CCSA) no. 105/2020. In this regard, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) executives and representatives from BMA organizations jointly participated at Rattanakosin Room, Bangkok City Hall (Sao Chingcha).

Pol.Capt. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, the BMA Spokesman, revealed after the Meeting that the 19 confirmed cases were found in Bangkok today (Dec. 28). In such number, 10 cases were related to Samut Sakhon province, where was regarded as infection area, while the other 9 cases were recently under disease investigation.

At the meeting, all BMA agencies was informed to conduct PR activities on the D M H T T measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In such measures, “D” refers to Social Distancing, “M” refers to Mask Wearing – the people are encouraged to wear medical/fabric face mask every time when going outside or visiting public areas, “H” refers to Hand Washing – the people are encouraged to wash their hands frequently with water and soap or with alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel, and the first “T” refers to Testing – body temperature must be taken before entering the premises or using services in order to track and test the infection so that patients can quickly access to treatment and inhibit the spread of disease. In addition, the BMA must continuously have PR campaign on the measures which will lead to disease prevention, and on the use of “Thai Chana” platform (which is the last “T”) every time before entering any premises. 

Moreover, the people who have recently returned from the risk areas are asked to practice mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days and to give true information while being under disease investigation. Meanwhile, the officers are urged to intensify the inspection of alien labors in the responsible areas as well as to expedite the survey at their dwellings and working places in order to have the database of traveling routes of the alien labors. In case that any confirmed cases are found at business establishments or entertainment venues, the premises need to be closed. Any persons who violate the order or do not close the premise will be guilty of an offence and the BMA will immediately take legal action against the business owners. Regarding treatment of the patients, BMA affiliated hospitals and its health facility connection are well prepared with 2,700 available beds for COVID-19 patients. At present, about 200 hospital beds are occupied, and 2500 beds are available for new patients.