It is now clear to the whole world that Thailand’s village health volunteers have played a crucial role in the surveillance and control of COVID-19. The Human Resources for Health Research and Development Office thus sits down with Khamporn Ketkaeo for insights. Based in Chandee sub-district of Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Chawang district, Khamporn was named the province’s outstanding village health volunteer in the field of local wisdom for health in 2015. How did you become a village health volunteer? I have worked as a village health volunteer since 2004. Before that, I used to live in Bangkok for quite a long time. I had spent years studying and working in the capital. Even though I was laid off in the wake of the 1997 Financial Crisis, I had continued living in Bangkok. One day, I saw an announcement about the Pennapa Subcharoen of Institute of Thai Traditional Medicine offering a course and decided to enroll. It took me four years, from 1999 to 2003, to complete the course. After the completion, I have been licensed to practice Thai traditional medicine. I can provide massages, prepare herbs, and provide treatments based on traditional knowledge. I headed back to my hometown in...
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COVID-19 has forced humans into a new normal. People must change their old ways of life so as to curb the risks of getting infected and spreading the virus. Given its exposure to pathogens, healthcare system is one of the key systems with a high risk of being a spreader. The Public Health Ministry therefore has prescribed new normal medical service for all medical facilities. Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul says the new normal medical service involves adjustments made to not just infrastructure but also service-delivery methods. Regarding infrastructure, space management must be revamped to ease crowding for the safety of both healthcare workers and service users. Equipment must also be erected to keep distance between them, with clear designation of each service area. For inpatient care, medical facilities must prepare a cohort ward for patients with pneumonia to isolate them from others. Regarding service-delivery methods, medical facilities must try to minimize the number of personnel and patients. They must categorize their patients into two groups. The first group refers to patients who need to see a doctor. When providing services to these patients, modern equipment and technologies should be deployed more to reduce risks...
Days ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) lauded Thai village health volunteers’ role in controlling the spread of COVID-19 (#COVID19). The praise, so far, is hardly a surprise given that village health volunteers have long been a vital force in Thailand’s primary care system and have contributed to the system’s international reputation. The primary care system of Thailand has earned compliments from the WHO and health organizations of various nations every now and then. WHO has even funded educational trips for other Southeast Asian nations to study Thailand’s primary care system. The recent praise is not the first time WHO has complimented Thailand’s village health volunteers in containing a pandemic. In the wake of avian influenza in 2007, this international organization also wrote in praise of Thai health volunteers for playing a vital role in monitoring and controlling the bird-flu outbreak. That year, WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia – which is based in New Delhi – published an article titled Role of Village Health Volunteers in Avian Influenza Surveillance in Thailand. According to the article, village health volunteers’ contribution is one of the two key factors behind Thailand’s successful avian influenza surveillance. Other countries thus were advised to accord...