AMDA's relief items were delivered to the flood victims of Thailand last week.
On the 19th, AMDA team consisting of a doctor, nurse and coordinator, joined Thai Association for Emergency Medicine (TAEM) to deliver emergency supplies to the residents of Nakhon Sawan Province, 240 km north of Bangkok. 6 trucks were used to transport 21 members of the joint team to the destination. Usually the road would take two hours but because of the flooding the trucks had to take detour which added another six hours to the drive.
Due to the difficulty in reaching this part of the country, emergency supplies had not reached the residents of Nakhon Sawan Province until then. The joint team met with the village chiefs of Village 8, Tambon Non Krajao and Village 3, Tambon Pikun located in Chum Saeng District. Emergency relief items were handed over to be distributed among the villagers. Furthermore the team visited the Health Center of the Chum Saeng District and presented additional emergency supplies for Village 3, Tambon Koeichai and Village 5, Tambon Khamang of the district. The relief items included the followings:
100 medical kits consisting of rubbing alcohol, steroid ointments, band-aids etc,
400 sets of plastic bags for toilet purpose,
25 water purifiers
4 portable toilets
Though the overall flooding condition in the province has seen some improvement, there are still places covered with 2 to 3 meter water. Three evacuation centers have been set up but most of the people remain at home as they are afraid to leave their household goods behind. The number of reported skin diseases is on the climb as water exposure increases with the time. Many people complain of chronic health problems such as hypertension. Boats are used to take sick people to the temporary medical clinic. AMDA donated medicine and water purifiers to the temporary clinic.
Furthermore, AMDA presented 250 life jackets that had been specially flown from Japan to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand last week.