Government to integrate traditional medicine into public healthcare

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BANGKOK, 11 September 2015 – The Department for Development of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine has announced that hospitals will be offering traditional Thai treatments along with modern medicine.

The Department Director-General Thawatchai Kamoltham said the Ministry of Public Health plans to fully integrate traditional and alternative medicine into the state’s public healthcare system. He said that alternative medicine will be used to prevent and treat ailments, as well as in rehabilitation in all government hospitals by the year 2023.

Currently, pilot hospitals include Sawang Daen Din Crown Prince Hospital in Sakon Nakhon province, Vibhavadi Hospital in Surat Thani province, and Ban Koh Jum Hospital in Krabi province. Meanwhile, the Public Health Office Sakon Nakhon will be conducting research and development into tradition medicine.

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