Connect with us

Phuket

Chalong Hospital construction starts this month

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Ground will be broken for the Chalong Hospital project before the end of the year, confirmed Chalong Mayor Samran Jindaphol.

The push to upgrade the public health clinic in Chalong into a fully equipped hospital comes with the hope of reducing the number of people dying en route to emergency wards at major hospitals in Phuket Town.

Clinic Director Ruedee Suriya told the Phuket Gazette in 2012 that, on average, two people die every month while on their way to one of the main hospitals in Phuket Town.

“We can’t handle serious cases here so they have to go to Phuket Town. It’s a long way to Vachira Hospital and the traffic adds to the journey time,” Dr Ruedee said. “Most casualties that die in transit have either been involved in a road accident, a violent assault or rescue from the sea.”

Since then, the Dibuk Hospital opened up on Chao Fao West Road (story here). However, it is unclear what effect, if any, that hospital has had on decreasing the transfer fatality rate.

“The Phuket Public Health Office already received the budget for the hospital,” said Mr Samran. “We will sign a contract and start construction no later than December 31.”

A point of contention for the local community, however, is the proposed location of the facility, an area currently used as a market by local vendors.

“We will establish both a temporary and permanent market space for them to use,” Mayor Samran said.

“I can’t force the vendors to leave without presenting them with a solution. So I will be taking money out of my own pocket to establish the temporary market near the entrance to the Phuket Country Home, as such a solution is needed immediately.

“The permanent market will be a carefully constructed three-storey building with enough space for more than 74 vendors to peddle their wares.”

The start of construction of the permanent market will be delayed, as the necessary legal channels must be followed to secure the budget, explained Mr Samran.

— Kongleaphy Keam

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand12 mins ago

Thailand voted No.3 in list of ‘Top Countries In The World 2022’

World16 mins ago

China punishes Taiwan farmers for Pelosi visit

Hot News20 mins ago

US points fingers at Russia and China over North Korea’s latest actions

Sponsored1 day ago

Starting a business and obtaining SMART Visa in Thailand is easy with Startup Booster

Things To Do22 mins ago

Immersed in coffee on Ratchadamri Road

Thailand36 mins ago

Thailand slowly recovering from high prices & Inflation | GMT

Central Thailand39 mins ago

100 elephants could be evacuated from camp in central Thailand due to floods

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Hot News41 mins ago

Thailand’s new police chief makes drugs and road safety a top priority

Sporting Activities1 hour ago

Thai women’s volleyball team loses to Germany in FIVB championship

Crime16 hours ago

Fans stage simulation of Tangmo’s death in protest of law activist’s defamation case

Thailand16 hours ago

Thai road sweepers get safer new uniform for work

Thailand16 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Police patrol Pattaya Beach looking for guns, booze, prostitutes

Phuket17 hours ago

4 Chinese fishermen lost at sea rescued near Phuket

Pattaya17 hours ago

Two lost children found on Pattaya’s Walking Street

Guides17 hours ago

5 underrated apps you need to use in Thailand this year

Phuket18 hours ago

Cheeky Taoist procession spices up Phuket’s veggie fest

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending