Thailand’s cumulative flood-related patient load exceeds 30,000


BANGKOK, Sept 28 – Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri said Friday that over 30,000 persons suffered from flood-related illnesses since floodwaters hit 14 provinces early this month.

The minister said the minister’s mobile medical units reported 30,353 persons suffered from flood-related illnesses such as fever, headache and athlete’s foot since floods affected 14 provinces for 19 days. He said there is no report on patients in critical condition or of any epidemic.

Mr Witthaya said six community medical stations were under floodwaters but they can still operate as normal.

The health minister added he has instructed provincial health offices in the central, eastern and southern regions to be prepared for possible flooding, particularly flood-prone provinces of Chanthaburi, Prachin Buri, Satun, Ranong and Phang-nga following the warning of heavy rain in those areas of the Meteorological Department.

He said he ordered them to prepare emergency medical units to help flood victims around the clock and to reiterate to the public, especially those with congenital diseases, to have their medication with them all the time in case any emergency occurs.