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Pick-up driver slams into roadside steel shop, injures three

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A drunk driver bounced off the side of a road in Ubon Ratchathani and then skidded side-ways into a roadside shop where young Songkran revellers were waiting quietly outside to greet passing vehicles.

The crash ended up injuring three as the people waiting outside the shop scattered to get away from the black pick-up as it slammed into the shops.

The incident happened outside the Phuwadet Steel Shop in the Don Mot Daeng district about 4.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

The video show the dramatic turn of events that could have easily changed a simple Songkran celebration into a disaster.

The 32 year old driver, identified as Chaiwat Detchakhamphu, was tested and later confirmed with a blood alcohol reading of 207 mg/dl, four times over the legal limit.

An initial investigation reveals that the pickup driver was heading out to visit friends in Lao Sue Kok district when he lost control of his vehicle at a curve in the road, it bounced off one side of the road and careered into the roadside steel shop.

Three people were injured following the crash.

Officers have now impounded his pick-up and are waiting for the official results of his alcohol blood readings and medical reports on the condition of the people injured in the incident before pressing charges. One of the people injured was a child who was inside the shop at the time.

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Hospital director denies corruption, threatens to sue government health official

Maya Taylor



Hospital director denies corruption, threatens to sue government health official | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Thai PBS World

The director of Khon Kaen Provincial Hospital in north-east Thailand is threatening Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Sukhum Kanchanapimai with a lawsuit following allegations of corruption. Dr. Charnchai Chanvorachaikul was transferred to Chanthaburi province in the east of the country following unconfirmed reports of corruption relating to donations to the Hospital Development Fund.

Dr. Charnchai completely denies the allegations, which surfaced in an anonymous letter sent to Dr. Sukhum. Dr. Charnchai insists all spending of the fund’s donations were approved by the board and can be accounted for and checked at any stage. This includes 143 million baht raised by Thai celebrity Toon Body Slam’s charity runs.

He also addressed reports of the 5% commission pharmaceutical companies allegedly gave hospitals in return for medication procurement, pointing out that such practices were banned by Cabinet two years ago. He maintains he has never received any financial incentive from drug companies, adding that he testified to this effect at a government fact-finding committee in January.

According to a report in Thai PBS World, Dr. Charnchai also denies an allegation of witness intimidation, pointing out that as he has no knowledge of who the witnesses may be, he cannot threaten them. He is demanding to know why he is being transferred to Chanthaburi when as yet, there has been no investigation into the allegations against him.

He is expected to be replaced in Khon Kaen by Dr. Kriangsak Watcharanukulkiat, director of Pokklao Hospital in Chanthaburi. It’s understood that Dr. Sukhum originally wanted both medical practitioners to swap hospitals two years ago, but the order to do so was overruled by the Public Health Minister at the time.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Thailand’s health volunteers are ‘unsung heroes’ WHO rep says

Caitlin Ashworth



Thailand’s health volunteers are ‘unsung heroes’ WHO rep says | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Village Health Volunteers Facebook

Thailand’s village health volunteers have been deemed “unsung heroes” in the coronavirus pandemic by a World Health Organisation representative for Thailand.

“The volunteers have helped keep the number of cases low by educating villagers about the virus and prevention measures as well as collecting temperatures.”

While Thailand had the first coronavirus case outside of China, the country has not been hit hard as others, with only 3,084 cases and 58 deaths (as of Thursday morning) since January. The Village Health Volunteers, which started in 1977 after the Cold War, has around 1 million people involved across the country, helping those in remote areas with little access to medical care.

Longtime volunteer 77 year old Surin Makradee told Reuters that she goes door-to-door in her village Saladaeng, Northeast Thailand, doing routine temperature checks. She also monitors those who have returned home and need to quarantine.

“I consider people in the village my family. If I don’t educate them, they will not understand the risk of getting infected,” Makradee told Reuters. “I have to educate those in quarantine to eat and live separately from their family members.”

SOURCE: Reuters

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Woman found hanged in Nakhon Ratchasima, son found drowned nearby

Jack Burton



Woman found hanged in Nakhon Ratchasima, son found drowned nearby | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Thai Rath

Police in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima report that a woman was found hanged in a workers’ shelter and her 12 year old son drowned in a nearby pond at a sand depot yesterday. Workers arriving in the morning discovered the woman, hanged with electric wires from the beam of the shelter in tambon Chum Phuang, according to the district police chief.

After police and rescue workers arrived, the body was taken to Chum Phuang Hospital for an autopsy. The dead woman’s parents went to the hospital to inspect the body, and confirmed it was their daughter, 33 year old Tukta Thongkasem.

They said Tukta’s son, Surasak Thongkasem, who normally stayed by his mother’s side, had also gone missing, prompting police and rescue workers to go to the sand depot for a search. They found a pair of yellow sandals near a pond about 2 metres deep. They scoured the pond and found the boy’s body, which was also sent to the hospital for autopsy.

Prasan, the dead woman’s father, said Tukta had married a Swedish man, and their son Surasak was a sixth-grader at a local school. The husband returned to Sweden 3 or 4 years ago and never returned. He occasionally contacted Tukta but never sent her any money, according to Prasan.

After her husband abandoned her and the boy, he said that Tukta had suffered from deep depression. Prasan said he and his wife went to work in nearby village about a month ago, leaving Tukta and her son at their home. They returned home yesterday to discover they were both dead.

It’s believed Tukta had committed suicide, but Surasak’s drowning is still a mystery. Police are investigating the causes of death of the mother and son.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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