The training course is organized under a regular support program for the chronically ill and people with disabilities, which has begun in 2009. Since then, some 765 housebound patients have been cared for by doctors, nurses, public health officers and trained public health volunteers. By employing a holistic approach, the program ensures that patients are happy and have reasonable life quality while still living in a suitable environment, said Mrs Wallapa.
This year, the program adheres to its original mission in delivering the best and most suitable health care by organizing a two-day refresher training for 260 health volunteers who will be trained in the subject Using Thai Traditional Medicine to Look After the Chronically Ill and People with Disabilities. The course is taught by Ajarn Komson Tinagorn Na Ayudhaya and team, who will train volunteers how to administer Thai medicines to patients.
Mr Soratham expressed his delight at the programs continual success. He acknowledged that Phuket has a strong network of public health volunteers as well as qualified and able doctors and nurse who are willing to sacrifice their time and visit house-bound patients on a regular basis. The medical professionals commitment has paid off, said Mr Soratham, judging from the number of patients who are able to leave their beds or get outside on wheelchairs. Some even help to earn income for their families.
The vice president ended his speech by thanking all concerned.