Thailand: MOPH provides flood victims with drugs, medical services

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BANGKOK, 6 April 2011 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has delivered 229,000 sets of medicines to the South while mobile medical units have given services to over 50,000 residents so far.

Speaking of the assistance for flood victims in Southern Thailand, Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit reported that 229,000 pharmaceutical kits as well as 70,000 sets of medicines for athlete's foot had been distributed to local residents. Moreover, 28 hospital patients have successfully been evacuated via helicopter by the Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Bangkok Hospital and police.

The Minister indicated that mobile medical units had been dispatched to the flooded region since 26 March and had thus far provided health checkup services for 50,532 people, over 12,000 of whom were examined on 5 April alone. Most of the patients, or 40 percent, were diagnosed with athlete's foot, followed by respiratory diseases at 27 percent, body aches at 18 percent, dermatitis at 9 percent and rashes at 7 percent.

Meanwhile, mental rehabilitation was prescribed for 603 flood victims while another 108 were given medications. Based on the examination on stress levels of 331 people, 56 were under high stress; 87 were experiencing depression; and 42 had a tendency to become suicidal. News ID: 255404060017 Reporter : Surapan Laotharanarit News Date : 06 April 2011