The Public Health Ministry has rushed 60,000 packs of medicines and 3,000 tubes of anti-Athlete’s Foot cream and dispatched mobile medical units to help flood victims in nine southern provinces hard-hit by flooding.
Public health permanent secretary Dr Jesada Chokedamrongkul disclosed that almost all the 71 hospitals and health offices in the nine provinces are still operational although affected by flooding, with two small tambon hospitals in Raman district of Yala and Kongra district of Phatthalung being closed and their staff moved to higher grounds nearby to carry on with health services.
He said health officials had been educating people in flooded areas about how to protect themselves from drowning and against water-borne diseases.
In Nakhon Si Thammarat where 23 districts are being flooded, Dr Jesada said the hospital in Tha Sala district was flooded but still remains operational, with all the expensive medical equipments and patients being moved to the second floor.
However, emergency cases have all been transferred to nearby hospitals such as Larn Saka and Sichon hospitals.
He said that operations at Tha Sala district district hospital were not smooth because several staff members were absent from work because their houses were flooded and travelling was almost impossible due to flooded roads.
Nine people died from flood-related causes in nine southern provinces, most of them from drowning.