By The Nation
The board of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Communications (NBTC) yesterday approved a grant of over Bt18.8 million to the Department of Corrections to support its plan to develop a pilot project for telehealth services to prisoners in two prisons.
The service will be provided remotely via the broadband Internet network connection to the Khaobin Prison in Ratchaburi province and the Chiang Rai Central Prison.
The grant is from the NBTC’s Broadcasting and Telecommunications Research and Development Fund, NBTC deputy secretary-general Korkij Danchaivichit said yesterday.
The project development and the telehealth service under the NBTC budget will cover 24 months. The move is aimed at improving the living quality of prisoners by allowing them access to telehealth service.
The telecom watchdog has already signed a collaboration agreement with the Health Ministry for a pilot project to provide telehealth services under the NBTC’s project to provide roadband Internet service to 3,920 villages in remote areas nationwide. Both the broadband Internet service for these villages and the telehealth service will commence in May this year.
In the first phase, eight provinces will join the initiative – Chiang Rai, Phetchabun, Kamphaeng phet, Kanchanaburi, Kalasin, Surin, Surat Thani and Songkhla.