BANGKOK – Thailand’s Health Ministry will ask the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to downgrade the status of the disease at its next meeting, which is expected on Friday, the minister said on Tuesday.
Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said when the CCSA meets, it will be informed of the National Communicable Diseases Board’s decision to downgrade Covid’s status from a “dangerous communicable disease” to a “communicable disease under surveillance”.
Anutin said the ministry wanted to hear the CCSA’s opinion on the decision.
He said that although the government has returned authority to the ministry to lead operations to control Covid, the ministry still wants to coordinate operations with the CCSA and other government agencies.
Anutin was unaware of the status of the CCSA once Covid was downgraded to a ‘communicable disease under surveillance’.
“Let’s put it this way. All the people of the CCSA came together to help with the work. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has taken it upon himself to command the CCSA so that all government agencies can work together,” Anutin said.
“When it is clear that everything has returned to normal and when the Ministry is certain that it no longer needs the authority of other government agencies, the Prime Minister would make a decision based on the situation.”
Meanwhile, said Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrhit, permanent secretary for public health, that Monday’s meeting of the Operations Center for Public Health and Medical Emergencies was informed of the National Committee on Communicable Diseases’ decision to downgrade the status of Covid.
Kiattiphum said the ministry must adjust its operational plan accordingly, which will be enforced through December.
As part of the new operational plan, the ministry will ensure Covid medicines are available in drugstores but must be prescribed by doctors.
Kiattiphum said the committee also decided to change the treatment and surveillance period for Covid patients from seven days for treatment and three days for surveillance to five days for treatment and five days for surveillance.
The permanent secretary said the antiviral drug molnupiravir will be the main drug for Covid treatment and the ministry is confident the drug is appropriate.
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