Pattaya Daily News

24 April 2006 :: 23:04:32 pm 30390

H.M. the King’s Concern for the Well-Being of His People

His Majesty the King has consistently shown his genuine concern for the well-being of his subjects, especially the underprivileged in remote areas without proper medical care.
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At the Siriraj-Ramathibodi Inter-Disciplinary Symposium on the 60th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne, Medical Doctor Songkram Supecharoen, the Personal Physician to His Majesty, related how His Majesty had paid close attention to his subjects’ health and well-being, and even used his own ailment as a study case for others to learn from and to take preventive measures.

He said that throughout the past six decades, His Majesty took every opportunity available to him to help his people. When he paid a visit to the people 55 years ago, he observed that those coming to greet him seemed to be in bad health. He granted the Ministry of Public Health the use of cars in the royal fleet for the mobile medical units. At the same time, a medical barge was granted to the Red Cross Society to provide services to people living along the waterways, inaccessible by road.

He pointed out that His Majesty initiated mobile dental units for the rural areas, and granted his personal fund towards campaigns against tuberculosis, once a major health problem in rural Thailand. The royally initiated projects also focused on the people’s well-being and better quality of life, both in urban and rural communities, resulting in the development of water sources and the creation of public parks, such as Chatuchak Park, Suan Luang King Rama IX Park, a health park within Klai Kangwon Palace, and health projects such as the promotion of dairy milk and iodine consumption among children and youth.

He also related that when His Majesty became the first person in Thailand to be infected with mycoplasma in 1975, he granted permission to have an article published in a medical journal. And in 1995, after suffering from clogged arteries and having coronary angioplasty performed, His Majesty explained the procedure on television to the people, giving health advice at the same time.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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