Public Health Ministry steps up preparation in 16 disaster-prone provinces

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BANGKOK, 7 June 2012  – The Public Health Ministry is speeding up preparations for the natural disasters in 16 at-risk provinces. 

Public Health Minister Wittaya Busanasiri on Wednesday held a teleconference meeting with the provincial health offices in 16 provinces at risk of flash floods and mudslides.

Mr. Wittaya has instructed all related health offices to dispatch mobile medical teams to perform a check-up on residents and assess the need for all medicines, particularly among chronic patients, who cannot travel to pick up supplies from the hospital.

The Public Health Minister has urged all offices to send their daily updates to the central office in order to allow for a more accurate assessment of the situation in 5 provinces, including Chumporn, Ranong, Phang Nga, Surat Thani and Phuket, where heavy rain has continued.

At the meeting, all 16 provincial health offices have confirmed that they have been able to handle the current situation, although it was agreed that Chumporn Province should remain vigilant and stay alert against the high possibility of flash floods and mudslides.