Last week, ahead of Sunday’s complex operation to rescue the boys, Thailand’s Health Secretary warned that they would have to be quarantined for a short period of time.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health Jessada Chokedamrongsook made the comments last Wednesday after visiting the Chiang Rai Prachanookroh hospital, where the first four rescued boys have been taken.
Following his visit, he said during a press conference that children would “be kept away from the parents for one to two days and will stay in the care room,” before a further evaluation by doctors for five to seven days.
According to a hospital press statement, “the next step is to make sure those kids and their families are safe because living in cave has a different environment which might contains animals that could transmit any disease.”
It’s tough welcome back for a group of young boys who have already waited more than two weeks for hugs from their moms.