Health staff sent to aid flood victims in BKK, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani
The Ministry of Public Health has dispatched 38 mobile teams to provide medical attention for flood victims stranded in their homes across Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani.
Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri stated that he had already called in 38 mobile medical units from various provinces and instructed them to travel into flooded zones within Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani to provide medical assistance for flood-affected residents. He explained that there were still a large number of people trapped in their residences, especially in Bangkok’s Bang Phlat, Thawi Watthana and Don Mueang districts.
Should any of the stranded experience illnesses, they are encouraged to post a green cloth or flag in front of their home in order to let the officials know that medical help is needed.
As for other provinces where the floods are subsiding, the Minister urged related sides to clean out garbage and debris at haste in a bid to ensure sanitation for the public and prevent post-flood diseases, such as leptospirosis, acute diarrhea, influenza and conjunctivitis.
According to Permanent Secretary for Public Health MD Paichit Warachit, a total of 395 patients have so far been transferred from hospitals in flood-hit areas of Bangkok to safer facilities in other provinces. He confirmed that there would be enough beds to accommodate patients from Bangkok if more of them needed to be relocated.
BANGKOK, 31 October 2011 (NNT) – Reporter : Surapan Laotharanarit
News Date : 31 October 2011