Since October 10 floods have ravaged 21 provinces in Thailand. The provinces of Lampang, Chaiyaphum and Nakhon Ratchasima has suffered the brunt of the damages. The Phimai Hospital in Nakhon Ratchasima was the latest to be hit by the flooding in the northeast. Military personnel have just evacuated 50 patients from the 200-bed hospital.
Staff had begun to evacuate patients on Thursday, at which point flood water had broken through sand bag walls built around the hospital. The flood water was almost one metre deep yesterday.
According to the hospital’s Director, Chatchawal Leelacharoenporn, the power generator was likely to be flooded soon by the continually rising water level. While the hospital has already requested another power generator for the Phimai District Office, the staff has been forced to move their 50 in-patients to nearby hospitals.
The flooding has caused a great deal of damage and casualties. Some of those affected are suffering from infectious skin diseases, flu, muscle pain and anxiety. Health authorities are quickly mobilising medical supplies in order to provide assistance to the affected provinces.
However, the ointments, flu pills, mosquito repellent, emergency aid kits and rubber boots are being delayed by transportation difficulties. Mobile medical units have been sent to the flood-hit areas to provide emergency treatment and make home visits to patients with chronic illnesses.
This year floods have affected 13 hospitals, racking up a bill of around 252 million baht. The situation remains critical in five hospitals in Nakhon Ratchasima and Chaiyaphum provinces.