Thailand: 2,000 people suffer from floods

The Minister of Public Health disclosed the number of injured as floods' victims in central plain areas so far were over 2000 people. More than 400 people found to be traumatized. The Ministry of Public Health sent mobile medical units under the royal patronage of HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to help victims in affected areas every day at the moment.

Pol Capt Chalerm Yubamrung, the Minister of Public Health, stated today (November 9) that help has been mobilized to floods' victims in central plain provinces, such as Ang Tong, Ayuthaya and other provinces devastated by floods. 10 mobile medical teams consisting of doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and disease control officers have been sent to the affected zones everyday at the moment.

During the past six days, 2,417 people had been reported sick. The most common disease was Hong Kong Foot with around 648 people affected, 383 suffered from stress and insomnia while 290 others complained of body aches as a result of carrying heavy items away from the deluge. In Angthong province, 18 cases of red-eye disease were confirmed since people used unclean water to wash their faces. However, the disease was under control.

Meanwhile, Permanent-Secretary of Public Health, Dr. Prat Boonyawongviroj said tha he has instructed local hospitals in flood-ravaged areas to be prepared with medical and chemical supplies to help prevent and control outbreak of diseases.

Moreover, the ministry would continue to disseminate health-related information to the public while continuing relief efforts in affected provinces which included the distribution of medicine of which 10,000 sets have already been sent to Singburi, Angthong and Nontaburi. On Novermber 10, 3000 more medical kits would be sent to Mae Hong Son.