Health Ministry readies all hospitals for disaster response

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BANGKOK, 17 September 2015 – The Ministry of Public Health has instructed all hospitals under its supervision to put emergency units on standby as the stormy weather poses high risk of natural disasters. 

As many areas across Thailand are being hammered by heavy downpours, Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakol Sakolsattayathorn revealed that an order has been issued to public health offices and state-run hospitals in disaster-prone provinces to be prepared to deal with emergency situations.

All health facilities are encouraged to lay down measures for preventing floodwater from entering their premises while relocating their medicines, medical equipment and power generators to a safe place. The minister suggested that their medical operations be adjusted in accordance with the situation and that emergency medical units be ready around the clock to deliver help to affected residents.

Twelve hospitals which had been devastated by flooding in the past have been urged to be extremely vigilant this time. They are located in three provinces, namely Chon Buri, Nakhon Nayok and Chachoengsao.