Embassy steps in for patient

Embassy steps in for patient

The Thai embassy in the Netherlands has extended help to a citizen who contracted Covid-19 after a video of her comparing the healthcare systems of both nations went viral.

The woman had been vlogging about her disease condition and said she was advised to take medicine prescribed by doctors.

She said in one video that Dutch officials would only take her to a hospital if she developed fatigue and shortness of breath.

The Royal Thai Embassy in The Hague said diplomats contacted the woman to offer help but said she does not need urgent help at this moment.

According to the embassy, her neighbour, also a Thai national, helps the woman by preparing food every day.

It said Dutch health officials will get hospitals to admit Covid-19 patients when they’ve developed severe symptoms, adding home treatment is one of the country’s policies to cope with the disease outbreak.

The woman, who identified as Sirilak Cool on Facebook, said in a video that she developed novel coronavirus disease symptoms after a man visited her house on April 15 and sneezed during a conversation. She suspected she may have caught it from him.

She said she joked about whether he had caught the virus, but the man said he was just allergic to pollen.

Still wondering if she might have contracted the virus from the man, the woman asked doctors there to conduct a test, but her request was denied. “Nobody takes me to a hospital now,” the woman said yesterday.

She said she still has a fever and feels tired when breathing. She said she is using a Salbutamol inhaler, which treats asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, to relieve her pain. “Thailand is good,” she said. “People who come in close contact with patients are diagnosed.”

The woman said she had to make two requests to be tested, and the test eventually confirmed her suspicion. “If I recover, I will record a clip again to share my experience,” she said.

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