MOPH sets up teams for medical aid over Songkran


BANGKOK, 11 April 2014  –The Ministry of Public Health has prepared all of the 855 hospitals throughout Thailand, to help victims of road accidents, as needed. To this end 160,000 medical experts have been assembled, while authorities have taken firm measures aimed at reducing the number of road accidents during Songkran 2014.

Mr. Narong Sahametapat, M.D., Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health said large numbers of people go back to their provinces during the 5 day Songkran holiday, and roads can be very dangerous. The Ministry of Public Health has adopted measures intended to reduce the number of road accidents.

The measures in operation from 11th-17th April 2014, are 1. the setting up of 14,000 mobile medical teams to help the injured within 10 minutes of an accident happening; 2. prepare 160,000 medical experts to be stationed at hospital emergency centers around the clock, and 3. the breath testing of drink drivers.

Mr. Narong recommends not moving the injured without authorization from the medical experts, and calling 1669 for help round the clock.