Medical professors recommend the BMA to have wastewater sentinel surveillance for COVID-19

Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, revealed after having a teleconference with deans of faculty of medicine from 7 universities on measures and progress in preventing and curbing the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) which will be held every Thursdays. Today’s meeting (January 7, 2021), medical professors from Thammasat University Hospital suggested that the BMA should trace the coronavirus spread in wastewater or sewage samples from markets and its neighborhoods which are considered large communities. In case that the wastes from infected persons are found, the BMA will know that there are infected persons living in the neighborhood. Thammasat University will provide laboratory testing and analyzing for COVID-19 which is regarded as a new additional channel for tracing and detecting COVID-19 patients.

At present, the progress of the implementation of proactive detection and preventive measures is satisfactory. This includes screening of traders and alien workers in 472 markets, business establishments, and construction sites, as well as high-risk groups using nasopharyngeal swab or detecting COVID-19 from a sample of cells from nostrils or from the nasopharynx and testing of saliva samples.

Moreover, all 50 district offices in Bangkok have constantly tightened the inspection of entertainment places in order to prevent mingling between different groups. Restaurants must apply measures on physical distancing, provide screening point with the scanning of Thai Chana and Mor Chana Applications. Most importantly, the sale of liquor and alcoholic beverage in restaurants is strongly prohibited.

The general public can be assured that the BMA will continue to tighten the compliance with the disease prevention measures in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 to be in the limited area and finally gone.