Pattaya kicks off another year of health-outreach services in Naklua

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Pattaya’s “Doctors at Home” project kicked off for another year, with Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and city council members this time joining in as health professional made house calls in Naklua’s old market neighborhood.

The Feb. 16 outreach program is part of the city’s plans to add 20,000 “beds” to Pattaya’s hospitals, but caring for patients at home. City health department workers and volunteer doctors visited patients in the Naklua Market, Lan Po Park and Banglamung Post Office communities.

Local politicians and medical people take to the streets in Naklua to visit elderly folks too sick to make it to see their doctor. Local politicians and medical people take to the streets in Naklua to visit elderly folks too sick to make it to see their doctor.

Among those visited were Boonma Fuangkhon, 80, who has not been able to care for herself for a decade due to a stroke; Kieng Sukasem, 80, who suffers from high blood pressure, diabetes and the aftermath of a stroke; and Vichat Thanormkaew, 79, who has the same ailments and is only semi-independent.

In all, more than 300 residents were given checkups, medicine or had their names registered with the Social Welfare Department. Students from the Redemptorist Vocational School also pitched in to repair electrical sockets and even pets got free vaccinations.