Mobile medical units go all out to help flood-hit people


BANGKOK, Sept 30 – Mobile medical units and volunteers in flooded provinces nationwide were instructed to work to their maximum capacity in providing physical and mental health checks for the public, according to Public Health Minister Pradit Sintavanarong.

He said health officials were told to specially care for the elderly, children, pregnant women, disabled people and patients with chronic diseases and to educate people on prevention of flood-related contagious diseases.

He said post-flood rehabilitation was also necessary in provinces where floods have receded such as Chumphon, Kanchanaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Kalasin and Nakhon Ratchasima.

Residents should clean up their communities and fresh markets to prevent disease from communicable diseases which may have come with dirty water, he said.

He said mobile medical units have made 504 visits to various communities and treated 26,016 patients at 18,000 homes while the Public Health Ministry has delivered 80,000 medical packages to flood-hit provinces and reserved 120,000 sets for future distribution.

The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation was ordered to produce 300,000 more medical packages.

He said 35 medical service centres have been negatively impacted by floods and some were relocated to become more accessible to the public.