Pattaya Hospital saw more than 36,000 patients in its first eight months of operation, even through the hospital had yet to open fully in 2013.
In a press conference called to review projects begun by city hall last year, Pattaya spokeswoman Yuwathida Jeerapat said the Soi Buakaow facility took 36,579 cases.
Diseases related to the respiratory system were the most-common ailment treated with 6,320 cases. Circulatory-system cases totaled 6,026, digestive-system cases amounted to 5,595 and endocrine-system cases totaled 4,377, she said.
More than two years late and 23 million baht over budget, Pattaya Hospital only fully partially opened in April and all its 86 beds only became available this month.
Pattaya spokeswoman Yuwathida Jeerapat (seated right) called a press conference to review projects begun by city hall last year.
Yuwathida said the city’s health-care system was supplemented by the “Doctors at Home” project, which sends medical personnel into neighborhoods to treat patients in their homes.
The most-common problems found were high blood pressure, diabetes, acute nasopharyngitis, and dental problems. In all, 18,243 people saw doctors at home, just missing the city’s target of 20,000 patients.
The spokeswoman continued to rattle off a list of accomplishments by Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, not all of which the public has viewed positively. Among them was the expenditure of 2.7 million baht to cut down trees, narrow sidewalks and widen Beach Road.
She said the city’s plans for 2014 include all the usual events, including the PTT Open, Chinese New Year Festival, Pattaya International Music Festival, Pattaya Marathon, Vegetarian Festival, Kings Cup Jet-Ski Competition and Songkran water throwing.