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Medical aid stations put on standby

The Public Health Ministry has set up 26 mobile medical-aid stations to provide emergency care to anti-government protesters, who will converge around Bangkok on Monday, the ministry's permanent secretary Dr Narong Sahametapat said Thursday.

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 conference Thursday.

He also explained that all hospitals would rely on radio contact to communicate with each other and to keep up with the current situation. All requests for help submitted via 1646, 1669 and (02) 354 8222 hotlines will also be relayed via radio.

The ministry is currently coordinating with traffic and expressway police to ensure that expressways and access to and from hospitals are kept clear for the transport of patients who need urgent care.


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