Mayor describes role of government in health system

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Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Dr. Pichit Kangwolkij, CEO of Bangkok Hospital Eastern Group, spoke to candidates from King Prajadhipok’s Institute and the Medical Council of Thailand taking a course on “Good Governance in Medicine for Executives.”

Itthiphol spoke to the students on the role of local government in the health system, saying the Local Government Act covers concise roles of Local Administration Offices in public-health promotion, stressing basic environmental management from the cleaning of roads, pavements, waterways, and public spaces; to waste management, to communicable-disease prevention and control.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome lectures on the topic “Role of local government to health system” to 70 candidates from King Prajadhipok’s Institute and the Medical Council of Thailand.Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome lectures on the topic “Role of local government to health system” to 70 candidates from King Prajadhipok’s Institute and the Medical Council of Thailand.

However, Itthiphol said, the law does not cover government’s role thoroughly. LAOs are responsible for public-health centers and personnel. This could slow down the process of health promotion due to lengthy bureaucratic procedures, he said.

Therefore, to effectively provide health care services, the LAO has assigned work to Health Volunteers, Mother and Child Health Promotion, Health Promotion for Children and Youth, Health Care for the Disabled and Underprivileged, Laborer Health Promotion and the Occupational Health Development, Elderly Health Promotion, and the Protection of Individual Rights to Health and Welfare Services.

“The overall outcome of the Pattaya City Hospital as the local government’s role in the health system, the hospital has the capacity to provide services both on land and water, including Koh Larn, to help lighten the load of Banglamung Hospital,” he said. “Currently, Pattaya Hospital covers Moo 10 and 12 and will extend responsibility to Moo 11 and 13 in the near future.”