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Medical, psychiatric teams sent to Sukhothai and Ayutthaya as Phichit faces flooding

Sep 12. 2012
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By The Nation

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Teams of medical doctors and psychiatrists will be sent to Sukhothai and Ayutthaya to provide both physical and mental health care to flood victims, Deputy Minister of Public Health Surawit Khonsomboon said on Wednesday.

 

His ministry has ordered hospitals in both provinces to prepare to provide medical assistance to residents affected by the flooding.
Rapid mobile medical units will stand by to provide medical services and medical equipment and medicines will be prepared.
The Department of Mental Health would send psychiatrists to affected areas to help the victims handle stress.
Director General Narong Sahametapat said he has ordered the Mental Health Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (MCATT) in both provinces to meet stressed flood victims, as many are worried about the flood situation.
Suanprung Psychiatric Hospital in Chiang Mai will prepare support teams for Sukhothai while Srithanya Hospital will support Ayuthaya.
Meanwhile three districts in Phichit were declared disaster zones Wednesday after being inundated.
Phichit Governor Suwit Watcharothayangkul said a number of districts at the confluence of the Nan and Yom Rivers are flooded. Three severely affected districts - Sak Lek, Tap Khlo and Wang Sai Phun - were declared flood disaster zones.
The governor said the announcement allows residents of 52 villages to receive rapid assistance from state agencies.
Suwit said low lying areas in the provincial seat are now under one metre of floodwaters fed by forest runoff, affecting 30 households and damaging thousands of rai of farmland.
 

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