Concerns loom for the mentally ill if Bangkok gets shutdown


BANGKOK, 8 January 2014  The Mental Health Department has expressed concerns over the mentally ill patients that would be affected by Bangkok’s shutdown on January 13. 

Director-General of the Mental Health Department Jessada Chokdamrongsuk stated that he is worried about the estimated 1 million mentally disordered patients nationwide who must receive their medication – especially those residing in Bangkok.

If Bangkok were to shut down, stated Mr. Jessada, those who are in need of medication will be affected as well. In order to properly disseminate the medicine to patients within Bangkok during the shutdown, 3 mental institutes will be responsible in handling the situation, which will include Rachanukol Hospital, Somdet Chaopraya Institute of Psychiatry, and Ratchanakharin Psychiatric Hospital.

For those who are unable to receive treatment and medication at the sites stated above, other hospitals close to Bangkok in the metropolitan area will be able to dispatch the medication, which include Srithanya Hospital, Yuwaprasart Hospital, and Kalaya Ratchanakharin Institute.

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