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Thailand: Flood-hit Khon Kaen province receives medical assistance

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Interim Minister of Public Health, Chawarat Charnweerakul, travels to Khon Kaen province and instructs public health units to dispatch medical mobile units to assist flood victims thoroughly.

Mr Chawarat went to Ban Kham Hai in Mueang district to assess the flood situation and monitor the province's medical assistance for the flood-affected people. The flood condition in Khon Kaen has started to improve as there has been less rainfall. However, some areas are still submerged.

Mr Chawarat instructed the provincial public health office to continuously send medical mobile units to distribute aid to the flood victims and be cautious for water-borne diseases including diarrhea, pink eye, and leptospirosis. He also assigned the provincial public health office to outline measures to revive the flooded areas and prevent epidemics after the flood water subsides.

Deputy Permanent Secretary for Public Health, Md.Siriphon Kanchana, says the flood condition has affected more than 250 villages in Khon Kaen and 73,000 people. Four medical mobile units have been dispatched to the districts of Mueang, Mancha Khiri, and Ban Haet. The units have treated 395 people so far and educated people about how to prevent themselves from diseases during the flood.