Bangkok’s ‘Super Riders’ Deliver Home-Isolation Covid Kits

The Disease Control Department formed a team of “super riders” to deliver essentials to Covid-19 patients in Bangkok who are in home isolation.

Under this new government initiative, 60 motorcyclists deliver home isolation kits containing green chiretta capsules, paracetamol, a digital thermometer, and a finger pulse oximeter.

Such kits also contain hand sanitizer and surgical masks.

On Thursday, the department’s director-general Opas Karnkawinpong said that health officials had taken urgent measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

He added that the department started looking for infected people and those who came into contact with patients to bring them to the medical treatment system.

Disease control offices have also worked closely with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and provincial public health offices to coordinate efforts to curb the epidemic, the department head stated.

The Thupatemi Sports Stadium, the Rajamangala National Stadium and the Royal Thai Army Club were set as detection points in Bangkok.

Health officials said that staff could test people at risk for Covid-19 using antigen kits.

Around 4,000 underwent Covid-19 tests at each location, they added.

People who tested positive but showed mild or no symptoms could be treated at home, Dr. Opas explained.

However, they had to register with authorities and comply with a 14-day quarantine until they recovered, he stated.

Those undergoing in-home quarantine would receive medicine boxes from the 60 super riders team set up by the department.

As of Tuesday, riders had delivered more than 100 isolation kits to patients in the capital.

Dr. Opas said the department had also organized 12-15 Covid-19 response teams that would work with the BMA and various agencies to find people at risk across communities in Bangkok’s 50 districts.

Each team was assigned several antigen kits to test at least 1000 people per day.

They also administered Covid-19 shots to vulnerable people, including bedridden patients, Dr. Opas went on.

The teams would also educate people about virus prevention and must evaluate control measures in risk areas.