Princess Maha Chakri opens a meeting in honor of late Queen Grandmother


BANGKOK, 21 March 2013  Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn yesterday morning declared open a technical meeting held as part of the celebrations on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Her Majesty Queen Sri Savarindira, the Queen Grandmother of Thailand, who has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the world’s great personalities. 

The meeting, organized at the Queen Savang Vadhana Memorial Hospital in Si Racha district, Chonburi province, was aimed at providing a platform for heathcare professionals and hospital personnel in the eastern region to exchange knowledge and experience. It was also attended by representatives from industrial factories and organizations which are located in the province. The meeting was highlighted by two talks, one on “Public health preparations before entering the Asean Economic Community” and the other on “Preparations to deal with accidental hazards in industrial factories in the East”.

Later on the same morning, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn proceeded to the construction site of a blood plasma production center of the Thai Red Cross Society in Tambon Bang Phra, Si Racha district, where Her Royal Highness laid the foundation stone for the building. Once completed, the ‘Plasma Fractionation Plant’ will produce blood plasma that is usually imported at a higher price each year. The plasma fractionation plant will be able to produce three by-products: Albumin, IVIG (intravenous Immunoglobulin), and Factor VIII that are used to treat illnesses such as kidney diseases, cancer, diabetes, hemophilia and chronic autoimmune disorders.

The plant is expected to be completed by 2016 and will be able to produce 200,000 liters of plasma annually, using state-of-the-art technology to be transferred from the Republic of Korea. An agreement to that effect has already been signed between the two countries, in order to reduce the production cost. The project will help patients with blood disorders to thoroughly access an up-to-an-international-standard quality of treatment.

Thereafter, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn proceeded to the district office of Si Racha, in Chonburi province, to unveil a new building named by Her Royal Highness as ‘Si Racha Prachakhom’ or Si Racha community. The building was constructed with money from the provincial administrative organization, as a multi-purpose building for use in royal ceremonies and official functions. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn also graciously permitted the district office to put her initials on the name plaque of the building. On this occasion, Her Royal Highness toured the exhibition featuring important places of Si Racha district which have a history connected with the Royal Family, cultural heritage of Thailand and the One Tambon One Product fair.

Later in the afternoon, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the opening ceremony of a drinking water factory in Sam Khok district, Pathum Thani province. The TTC Siam Drinking Water Company Limited is located on a 33 rai plot of land in Tambon Chiang Rak Noi. It has the capacity of producing 45 million bottles of drinking water per month, both fresh and mineral water, 30 percent of which are for export.

In the evening, Her Royal Highness granted an audience to Mr. Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Interior Minister and Minister of Security Affairs of Singapore and his party on the occasion of their visit to Thailand. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn also hosted a dinner reception for the delegation.