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MOPH steps up medical aid for those injured in border fighting

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BANGKOK, 22 April 2011 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has ordered hospitals along the Thai-Cambodian border to be ready at all times to provide medical help for people wounded in the latest skirmishes in Surin.

Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit stated that in the wake of the recent exchange of gunfire between Thai and Cambodian troops near Ta Kwai and Ta Muen Temples in Surin province, he had instructed public health officials at Surin, Kap Choeng, Buachet and Phanom Dong Rak Hospitals to be prepared for emergency medical operations around the clock.

Personnel, medicines, blood supply, equipment and facilities are on standby while coordination can be made with related agencies on patient transfers immediately upon request.

In addition, mobile units from the Surin Provincial Public Health Office as well as village health volunteers have been sent to sheltering centers within the province to examine both physical and mental conditions of the evacuees, numbering over 6,000, in order to provide them with proper treatment.