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IN FOCUS: Thai civil society steps up as Bangkok’s public healthcare buckles underneath COVID-19

In keeping with Chaiwat, plenty of websites reported inner transmission of COVID-19 as employees have been barred from leaving their camps whereas testing and coverings have been restricted.

“The plan to shut these camps with a purpose to management the illness and conduct proactive testing wasn’t realised. It ended up making individuals within the camp infect each other,” he mentioned.

No One Cares’ founding members felt the federal government has did not do its job in taking good care of individuals, particularly those that have been straight affected by its insurance policies.

“We work so the federal government can see that even volunteers like us, who don’t have many assets, can nonetheless accomplish that a lot. We are able to handle individuals within the camps and the unwell. Why can’t the federal government do its job? That is what we need to present,” Chaiwat instructed CNA.

“It’s not an excellent factor for our group to exist. It’s a foul factor,” he added. “It exhibits how a lot the federal government has failed.”

As of Aug 10, No One Cares has helped greater than 1,500 individuals from completely different components of Bangkok.

Sure restrictions have been relaxed earlier this month after the day by day an infection charges slowed down. 

A number of development websites have resumed their work and lots of contaminated employees have recovered. Nonetheless, plenty of volunteers preserve working to save lots of weak sufferers whose requires assist haven’t been answered.

For Mahmud, the Zendai volunteer, his onerous work continues.

Day by day, he places on his protecting go well with and two face masks. He has been driving the rescue truck for about 5 months now, lifting and carrying affected person after affected person. Work is exhausting nevertheless it provides him pleasure.

“Each time I see somebody endure and have no one to show to, it’s like seeing myself in jail earlier than. It’s only a completely different situation however I believe we share the identical emotions and ideas,” he mentioned.

“I’m blissful I may help individuals nobody cares about.”


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