The Cabinet, during its meeting on 16 March 2021, approved a fund of 438 million baht for the Border Patrol Police Bureau’s organizational quarantine project, following a proposal by the Royal Thai Police.
The project aims to contain COVID-19 transmission, as foreign workers from neighboring countries have entered Thailand under memorandums of understanding (MOU) on employment cooperation between Thailand and Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar.
It is also intended to manage public health to prevent the spread of the virus among those who were illegally smuggled into the country.
Under this project, areas of the border patrol police units will be modified as field hospitals to accommodate COVID-19 patients, if requested by the Ministry of Public Health. They will also be used to screen foreign workers and smuggled persons for disease control.
The project covers 14 areas in seven provinces, namely Tak, Chiang Rai, Ranong, Songkhla, Chanthaburi, Sa Kaeo, and Nong Khai. It will be carried out for six months, from April to September 2021.
The amount of 438 million baht approved by the Cabinet will be spent on improving buildings in the 14 areas and acquiring field tents for 250 beds.
After the COVID-19 situation has improved, the Royal Thai Police will be able to make use of the improved buildings and field tents for other missions, as appropriate.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department