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Former top public health official dies at 92

Jun 03. 2020
Amorn Nontasut
Amorn Nontasut
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By THE NATION

Former Public Health permanent secretary Dr Amorn Nontasut died on Tuesday (June 2) at 92.

Dr Worachet Techarak, the director of Nakorn Ping Hospital, said that Amorn had gastrointestinal bleeding before he died at 5pm.

He was praised as playing an important role in Thailand’s public health sector. He supported the construction of local hospitals, as well as health centres, in provincial areas.

He also was behind the creation of public health reporters, which have become public health volunteers in each village nationwide, a key cog in the public health system of Thailand.

Amorn was born on January 20, 1928. He got a master's degree in population health science from Harvard University.

The doctor started his work in the Department of Health in 1953, and then was transferred to Phrae and Chiang Mai as a public health officer. Amorn was the Department of Health director-general before being elevated to permanent secretary.

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