Medical treatment extended to 90,000 flood-hit people nationwide


BANGKOK, Oct 14 – The Public Health Ministry has treated 90,000 patients affected by floods countrywide, deputy minister Sorawong Thienthong said yesterday.

He said mobile medical units had been dispatched to flood-hit areas in 26 provinces and found that, among the 90,000 patients, one-third of them suffered from athlete’s foot.

Many who lost their family members and properties suffered from mental distress and were given consultations, he said, adding that Public Health Ministry’s mobile units would increase their visit frequencies and stock sufficient medical supplies for treatment to people in flood-stricken areas.

Somyos Srijaranai, public health chief in Sa Kaeo province, said eight sub-districts in five districts in the province have been impacted by floods.

Mobile medical units have treated nearly 10,000 patients, 80 per cent of whom suffered from athlete’s foot and 683 people from depression.

Post-flood health services will be launched to prevent the spread of contagious diseases, he said.