Help for flood victims arrives via "ARSA Bumrungrad” mobile clinic
This year’s flood – believed to be the worst in Thailand’s history – has affected millions of people living in the country’s central plain, including Bangkok. In anticipation of the problems the flood might cause, the “ARSA Bumrungrad” program was created. Its main purpose was to provide a mobile medical support service, along with financial aid and supplies of food and medication, for flood victims (including a number of Bumrungrad staff and their families) in remote and isolated areas hit by the flood.
“ARSA Bumrungrad” assembled a team of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and operational and management staff, who volunteered so they could help improve and protect the health of people who were enduring months of living in flood conditions. Members of the team travelled to more than 20 flood-hit areas, including Banglen in Nakornpathom province, Navanakorn Industrial Park, the Bangpai Temple Flood Relief Camp at Bangbuathong in Nonthaburi province, and destinations in the provinces of Singburi, Angthong, Chainart and Pathumthani as well as a number of flood relief camps in Bangkok. The team provided medical care to more than 1,200 people and distributed over 1,500 flood survival supply packs.
The “ARSA Bumrungrad” team reports that about 15 percent of all flood victims have health conditions that need medical attention. Most are either children under the age of five or seniors over 65. The leading problems among children in flood-hit areas are respiratory system infections, diarrhea, skin inflammation and other infections.
For seniors, in addition to infections of the respiratory system, skin inflammation and skin-related fungal infections, shortages of medication for treating chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, are a widespread problem for flood victims. Many people living in flooded areas are experiencing higher rates of stress and depression stemming from the emotional turmoil and widespread damage resulting from the flood.
If you have questions about flood-related health issues, visit www.bumrungrad.com/flood or call 0 2667 2000. Bumrungrad is fully-staffed, supplied and open to serve you.