Agreement sees Thailand provide medical services to Myanmar's Rakhine state

By On August 26, 2018

Agreement sees Thailand provide medical services to Myanmar's Rakhine state

Thailand will support Myanmar’s plan to introduce mobile medical services in impoverished Rakhine state.


“We will provide doctors and medical equipment,” Thai Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said recently. He was speaking after emerging from a bilateral meeting of high officials from the two countries in Yangon, where they discussed a work plan covering 2018-2021. The health minister said Thailand’s support will continue for the long run, with both short-term and long-term measures planned. In the short term, Thai doctors will collaborate with their Myanmar peers to set up mobile medical service teams for Rakhine.

“We will be pleased to provide medical specialists such as ophthalmologists and otolaryngologists,” Piyasakol said. “These medical specialists will treat patients at Rakhine-based hospitals when requested.” The services should be able to start soon because some preparations have already been made, said Piyasakol. “As for long-term measures, we will develop a system and human resources for the delivery of medical services,” he added. At the August 24 meeting, Thailand and Myanmar approved the work plan on public-health cooperation to be implemented between 2019 and 2021. The co-operation will cover the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, the promotion of food and drug safety, lab and infection control, development of human resources for the healthcare sector, health promotion and the development of healthcare services for migrants.

Source: Google News Thailand | Netizen 24 Thailand

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