Thai Red Cross Society Partners with GSK to Provide Support for COVID-19 Patients by Presenting 3,000 Sets of “Personal Hygiene Kits for Immediate Entry to field hospitals” to Chulalongkorn Field Hospital
The Relief and Community Health Bureau of the Thai Red Cross Society and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a company that researches, develops, and manufactures innovative pharmaceutical medicines and vaccines, joined together to strengthen the capability of field hospitals by donating 3,000 sets of “personal hygiene kits for immediate entry to field hospitals” as part of an approach to provide support to COVID-19 patients and their families at Chulalongkorn Field Hospital and the Relief and Community Health Bureau.
Lt. Gen. Amnat Barlee, MD, Director of Relief and Community Health Bureau, The Thai Red Cross, said that with the new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic intensifying, the bureau, which has a mission to help victims and disadvantaged people and alleviate people’s suffering, and GSK as a partner in the “GSK Medicine Bank for Relief and Community Health” program, joined together to prepare 3,000 sets of personal hygiene kits for immediate entry to field hospitals. These necessities for patients worth a total of around 500,000 baht, which will be given to COVID-19 patients who are being hospitalized in Chulalongkorn Field Hospital. This is another approach to help provide initial relief to patients and support the operation of Chulalongkorn Field Hospital in treating a large number of patients.
Mr. Viriya Chongphaisal, General Manager of GlaxoSmithKline (Thailand), said GSK recognizes the urgency of managing the field hospital and alleviating the distress of patients. “We believe that it is important to provide care for patients who enter the field hospital unprepared. Therefore, we decided to donate sets of personal hygiene kits for immediate entry to field hospitals under the ‘GSK Medicine Bank for Relief and Community Health’ program as a way to provide support for COVID-19 patients. This will help them to overcome their COVID-19 conditions as quickly as possible, alleviate the operational burden on medical and healthcare workers and the field hospital, as well as support people affected by COVID-19 upcountry who were supported by the Relief and Community Health Bureau,” he said.
GSK joined with the Relief Bureau to operate the “GSK Medicine Bank for Relief and Community Health” program since 2011. It aims to help the disadvantaged and disaster victims to have full access to basic medicines and treatment through The Thai Red Cross’ mobile medical units across the country. Given the situation that Thailand is facing with COVID-19, GSK recognizes the urgency of managing field hospitals and understanding the suffering of COVID-19 patients while encouraging and supporting these patients to overcome COVID-19 as soon as possible.