Private benefactors donated more than 40 million baht to Banglamung Hospital to help it build another inpatient wing.
Vibun Thammakit, the former abbot of Chonglom Temple, presented 41.3 million baht to Visit Tangnapakorn, the ombudsman for the Ministry of Public Health, following a “Thod Pha Pa” merit-making ceremony April 26.
Vibun also presided over the religious ceremony and chanting by nine monks. The Thod Pha Pa is held at the start of rainy season and features an offering of robes and necessities to monks.
Phra Khru Vibun Thammakit, former abbot of Wat Chonglom, presents over 41 million baht to Visit Tangnapakorn, ombudsman of the Ministry of Public Health, representing Banglamung Hospital.
Former Culture Minister Sukumol Kunplome and Sucharit Patchimnan, former permanent secretary for the Ministry of Interior, joined Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho at the event, which would expand the 24-rai hospital to 29 rai. The additional land behind the hospital will house the new inpatient center which treats 700,000 patients a year.
The 41 million baht was raised through private donations, the largest of which – 10 million baht each – were donated by Chao Jiramongkol and Siajai Phachuenchaikit.
Banglamung Hospital was founded as a second-level sanitation center in 1938 at the Old Naklua Market. As Banglamung grew, the number of patients increased and it was promoted to first-level sanitation center in 1967.