Floating Clinic to Promote Tourism Safety

The Ministry of Public Health has opened a floating clinic to provide emergency medical services for the aquatic environment in Kanchanaburi, a western province bordering Myanmar.


The first of its kind in Thailand, the floating clinic, referred to as the “Si Sawat model,” is located at Srinagarind Dam in Si Sawat district. The project is a result of joint cooperation between 11 agencies to develop the country’s medical service system in order to cope with aquatic casualties and promote tourism safety.


Public Health Minister Clinical Professor Emeritus Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn on 8 December 2018 signed a memorandum of understanding for the joint cooperation along with the 11 agencies. He said that the project aims to provide rescue and care for the general public and tourists.


Aquatic safety will also create confidence among tourists and enhance the spirit of volunteer among officials involved, as well as encouraging a sense of responsibility and safety awareness among operators.


The Public Health Minister said that Thailand’s first floating clinic will deal with aquatic accidents, emergency sickness, and other forms of sickness. It will offer traditional massage for health service, as well. The floating clinic is equipped with doctors, nurses, volunteers, life-saving equipment, speedboats, and medical devices.


He said that Kanchanaburi boasts many natural tourist sites, especially water tourist attractions. In this province, there are more than 140 operators involved with accommodation, rafting, and water sports facility businesses. Kanchanaburi welcomes about 800,000 visitors each year. The floating clinic is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays when a great number of tourists visit this province.


Source: The Government Public Relations Department