Health Center in PhitsanulokAugust 1st, 2008 - 9:21 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
The province of Phitsanulok has opened a health center at Sai Samphantawat Temple and Chalerm Phra Kiat Hospital. It is the first health center in Phitsanulok province.
At the pavilion in Ratchaburana Temple, the Deputy Governor of Phitsanulok, Mr. Narit Piyaphruek, presided over the opening of a health center at Sai Samphantawat Temple and Chalerm Phra Kiat Hospital on the occasion of the 80th Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. This is the first health center in Phitsanulok, and the Priest Hospital of Thailand has initiated this project to improve the health of Buddhist novices and monks. There are 81 health centers across Thailand. Their role is to act as a coordinator while looking after the health of monks initially.
According to statistics, 61.8 percent of monks and novices in Phitsanulok are in good health, 17.7 percent are at risk of contracting diseases, and 17.5 percent are sick. These three groups need to be tended on a continual basis. The healthy group of monks would be informed on how to protect themselves from diseases while maintaining their health while the monks who are unwell would have to be treated and supervised closely. The health center would coordinate with temples and hospitals in looking after the monks.
Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand