For the past few decades, Thailand has been a major destination country for asylum seekers and refugees from Myanmar. Since 1984, Thailand has provided refuge to people fleeing violence in Myanmar, and more recently to economic migrants. The population in the Thai refugee camps, located along the Myanmar-Thailand border, is now estimated at 111,000 people. Many were born in the camps and have never set foot outside.
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 24 January 2016 (NNT) - Bang Saphan Hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan has now resumed its services after officials finished repairing the nearby bridge on Phet Kasem Road.
The first floor of the hospital was flooded and its medical equipment and facilities were damaged, forcing the hospital to shut down for 1 week. Soldiers and related authorities helped to clean up the hospital and restored its services. The hospital was able to resume on January 23, along with its obstetrics and minor surgery clinic.
NONTHABURI, 23 January 2017 (NNT) – More than 180 medical teams have been providing medical services to flooded communities in the southern region everyday, with some 81,000 patients treated so far.
PRACHUAB KHIRI KHAN, 13 January 2017 (NNT) - Bang Saphan Hospital staff and soldiers have begun moving medical equipment back into the hospital after the flood water has been drained.
In Prachuab Khiri Khan, Bang Saphan Hospital staff and the soldiers started cleaning the medical equipment as the hospital is expected to resume its operation on Friday. The electrical system at the Out Patient Building has now been fully restored.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 11 January 2017 (NNT) - The Second Naval Area Command of the Royal Thai Navy has reached out to flood victims in Nakhon Si Thammarat under a rescue operation dubbed ‘From the Sea.’
An airbus helicopter flew from the Royal Thai Navy Ship Ang Thong to deliver a medical team and safety equipment to the residents of Cha-uat district after a report that ill people were unable to receive medical attention as their homes were submerged in deep flood waters.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 8th January 2017 (NNT) – Thirty thrusters are being transported to the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat to assist local authorities in flood draining efforts.
The Royal Thai Navy is shipping 30 thrusters to Nakhon Si Thammarat where they will be used to push the flood water into the ocean. Another 20 thrusters will also be sent to the inundated region soon, according to the Naval Dockyard Department.
BANGKOK, 7th January 2016 (NNT) - The Prime Minister is concerned about ongoing heavy flooding in southern regions and has ordered the dispatch of troops to help evacuate flood victims to safer areas.
Spokesman of the National Council for Peace and Order Col. Winthai Suvaree said today that the Royal Thai Army has now dispatched military personnel and relief teams to help residents of 10 southern provinces, who have been affected by recent flooding, as instructed by Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha.
NAKHON SRI THAMMARAT, 7 January 2017 (NNT) - Deputy Phuket Provincial Office of Public Health Chief Praphornsri Narinrak and Wachiraphuket Hospital Director Chalermphong Sukhonthaphon sent medical teams and supplies to flood victims in Cha-uat district, Nakhon Sri Thammarat province.
SAMUT PRAKAN, 7 January 2017 (NNT) – The Navy has deployed ships, aircraft and officers to help flood victims in the southern region, with its first ship to arrive in Nakhon Sri Thammarat on 8 January.
The Navy has dispatched 20 thruster ships, officers and landing craft to Nakhon Sri Thammarat to provide assistance to the flood victims with the landing vehicle expected to arrive in the southern province in the night of 7 January.
NONTHABURI, 7th January 2017 (NNT) - The National Health Security Office (NHSO) has decided to enable flood victims in the South to use the government's free medical services, known as the gold card healthcare scheme in other areas.
The NHSO meeting, chaired by Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, agreed that residents in disaster-hit areas can for the time being obtain free medical assistance under the universal healthcare scheme in hospitals which they are not attached to.
Thailand - With a rate of 14 cases per 100,000 people, the suicide rate in Thailand’s refugee camps is more than double the host country’s national average of six cases per 100,000. In response to this, IOM has organized a one-day mental health training workshop for medical professionals of partner organizations working in refugee camps.
Pornsak Khortwong, IFRC
Thailand - The European Union (EU) and IOM today officially launched a project to support the well-being of Myanmar Muslims and their host communities in Thailand.
The four-year, EUR 2.83 million (USD 3.15 million) project, of which 90 percent is funded by the EU, is also supported by the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugee and Migration (PRM).
30 September 2016 – The United Nations health agency today urged countries across the South-East Asia region to continue to take decisive action to prevent, detect and respond to Zika virus, following news that Thailand has confirmed two cases of Zika-related microcephaly.
In order to provide medical care for refugees in Thailand, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation cooperate with Banphaeo Hospital and Ramathibodi Hospital to held a community medical outreach in Bangkok.
"Tzu Chi's free clinics have helped over 25,000 refugee patients. These people have had a difficult life. They are here without anyone to rely on. Because of this, we should offer them as much support as possible", Piyamitr Sritara, Ramathibodi Hospital superintendent said.
BANGKOK, 15 September 2016 (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health has revealed that on average, 20 new Zika infections are reported in Thailand each week.
Permanent Secretary for Public Health Dr. Sophon Mekthon said even though the Zika outbreak has not expanded to other parts of the country, it is important for everyone to ensure mosquito breeding habitats are destroyed.
BUENG KAN, 8 September 2016 (NNT) – Heavy rainfall has hit the northeastern province of Bueng Kan, bringing a local school and a community health center to a temporary standstill.
The monsoon trough, which is lying across Myanmar, Laos and the upper Vietnam, and the southwest monsoon have led to continued thundershowers, causing a flash flood in two villages in Na Sabang subdistrict.
CHIANG MAI, 2 September 2016 (NNT) – The governor of Chiang Mai has ordered preventive measures against the infection of Zika virus and dengue fever in the area to be intensified, while Hang Dong district recorded another dengue fever casualty.
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart has reported on the latest situation regarding the Zika virus and dengue fever outbreak in the province, disclosing that two more Zika virus infected patients were discovered yesterday, with one being a freshmen female student and the other being a 74-year-old woman.