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Thailand: Airlines Fine Tune Emergency Response


Bangkok: Over 100 aviation crisis management and emergency response professionals gathered in Bangkok, this week for the 5th AAPA Emergency Response Conference organised by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), and co-hosted by Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways. Welcoming delegates to Bangkok in his keynote speech, AAPA director general Andrew Herdman said: “Crisis management and emergency response preparedness are closely linked.” “Aircraft accidents are rare events, but airlines also have to put in place contingency plans for other potential crises or events that may significantly affect airline o
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Thailand: 64 Hospitals Stress Emergency Care


Bangkok: At least 64 private hospitals nationwide have agreed to join the Public Health Ministry's scheme to improve emergency. The ministry hopes to integrate private and state-run emergency service systems by 2016 in line with the 2008 Emergency Medical Act. The aim is to guarantee that emergency services can respond to requests to help within 10 minutes.  For the first time, the state-owned National Institute for Emergency Medicine will be able to request that private hospitals pick up emergency cases in nearby areas. "The move will improve service as the state and private sectors will share resources," Narong Sahamethapat, public h
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Thailand: Medical Teams Set Up to Handle Possible Casualties during December 9 Political Rally


Bangkok: The Ministry of Public Health has prepared 30 rescue teams ahead of political protests on December 9 and has reiterated to the teams to provide equal treatment to people from all sides of the conflict.  Dr. Chirapong Suphasaowapak, Rescue Control and Operations Coordinator of the Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Forward Command, Ministry of Public Health, said that the ministry is working with relevant agencies to prepare rescue teams to assist potential casualties during political protests on December 9. The rescue teams are comprised of basic life support (BLS) and advanced life support (ALS) personnel from hospitals
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Thailand: Public Health Ministry to Lower Casualties from Road Accidents during Year-end Holidays


Bangkok: The Ministry of Public Health has prepared 160,000 strong medical personnel to deal with road accidents during the year-end holidays nationwide.  Thailand has for a long time experienced a high number of casualties from road accidents during major holidays, including the New Year. In 2013 the death toll from road accidents during the 7-dangerous days surrounding the New Year was 365 people, while the number of injuries was 3,329.  In an attempt to bring the casualties down, the Ministry of Public Health will put 160,000 doctors and nurses and related personnel at 1,500 hospitals, both public and private, on duty between 2
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Thailand: 26 Medical Aid Stations Put on Standby


Bangkok: Twenty-six medical-aid stations have been set up under the Public Health Ministry's supervision to provide emergency care to anti-government protesters, who will converge around Bangkok on January 13 Monday, the ministry's permanent secretary Dr Narong Sahametapat said yesterday. He added that the medical stations were ready with all the relevant equipment and blood supplies. Narong also advised patients suffering from non-serious illnesses or those needing to top up their normal prescriptions to postpone their appointments, though he added that government hospitals will continue as per normal. He was speaking at a ministry press co
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