Ghebreyesus made this remark to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul after a special session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday.
Traisulee said Anutin attended the special session to discuss with Ghebreyesus the possibility of allowing Thailand to join WHO’s BioHub System and Universal Health Preparedness and Response in a bid to share experiences and guidelines in preparation for health emergencies,
“Meanwhile, the public health minister took the opportunity to talk about Thailand’s healthcare mechanisms, such as village health volunteers, subdistrict health-promoting hospitals and our mix-and-match vaccine strategy, which enabled the country to effectively deal with the Covid-19 crisis,” Traisulee said.
She also said Ghebreyesus advised Anutin to join the African Vaccine Association Trust if Thailand was willing to donate Covid-19 doses to countries with low access to vaccines.
“In this regard, Anutin told the WHO chief that he would discuss the issue with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha,” Traisulee said.
She added that Anutin also congratulated Ghebreyesus for being chosen as WHO director-general for another term.
Ministry of Public Health reported on Wednesday (Dec 1) morning that in the past 24 hours there are 4,886 new patients who tested positive for Covid-19, 165 of whom have been found in prisons.
Death toll increased by 43, while 6,326 patients were cured and allowed to leave hospitals.
The country’s total caseload from Covid-19 stands at 2,120,758 – 2,025,754 of whom have recovered, 74,190 are still in hospitals and 20,814 have died.
Separately, another 233,654 people were given their first Covid-19 shot in the last 24 hours, 274,665 their second shot and 64,754 a booster, bringing the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered nationwide to 93,231,463. - The Nation Thailand/ANN