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Thailand, Japan agree to improve senior health care

Jul 16. 2017
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By The Nation

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Thailand and Japan have signed a memorandum Saturday to increase cooperation on senior’s health care, said Thailand’s minister of public health.

The memorandum of understanding will focus on developing a system of long-term care to meet the needs of an ageing society, said Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, the minister.

Piyasakol revealed that the signing took place at a Tokyo meeting of health ministers from Asean and Japan.

He said there is a serious need for further healthcare development to serve the growing elderly population.

Available figures predict that the number of Thais aged over 65 will double from seven per cent in 2003 to 14 per cent in 2025.

Piyasakol said his ministry had already trained 44,000 care givers and 8,000 long-term care managers to serve the needs of elderly people.

“They can now take care of about 200,000 elderly people,” he said.

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