Pattaya meets with community leaders to develop health-spending priorities

Friday, 28 February 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 9 By  Warunya Thongrod

Pattaya officials began hearing from community leaders on how the city can better address health problems at the first Pattaya Health Plan Project meeting.

Representatives from 13 of the city’s 42 communities met Feb. 17 with Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Supaporn Cherdchaiphum, director of the Public Health Department on spending priorities for Pattaya’s Health Security Fund.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (left) leads guests in some pre-meeting exercises.Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (left) leads guests in some pre-meeting exercises.

Started under the aegis of the National Health Security Office, the fund hopes to provide health service such as disease prevention, primary health care and rehabilitation. Five groups are targeted: mothers and children, the elderly, disabled, at-risk workers and those with prolonged illnesses.

Health plans mapped out in meetings with all the 42 communities will be used as a tool to plan the budget.

Itthiphol said that for the Health Security Fund management to succeed according to its objectives, there must be a data system and plans to use as a guideline on problem solving and the operation directing. These community health plans are to develop the initial health works and for requesting the budget. Later more strategies will be developed toward actual and sustainable problem solving for a better quality of life for Pattaya residents.

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