Ministry of Public Health reports six-month performance, promotes home doctor services

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BANGKOK, April 30 2015 – The Ministry of Public Health has submitted its six-month performance report, responding to the need for home treatment in rural areas and of chronic conditions.

The performance report was presented by Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin, Deputy Public Health Minister Somsak Chunharas, and Deputy Permanent Secretary of Public Health Surachet Satitramai. The report covers a six-month period from September 12 2014 – March 12 2015.

Prof. Dr. Rajata spoke on the ministry’s efforts to develop teams of doctors that provide hospital care directly to families at home.

In the initiative’s first year, medical teams prioritized persons with disabilities, the elderly, and bed-ridden patients. These groups total two million patients combined. The ministry currently has 50,000 medical teams.

The ministry has also emphasized the production of certain drugs to combat high blood pressure, obesity, and mental disorders. Recent studies showing that Thai traditional medicine has anti-cancer properties has prompted the ministry to research and develop an herbal cancer treatment. Meanwhile, drugs to counteract hair loss will be available within six months.

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