8.58 mil can now access Occupational disease clinic’s medical services

Date: 
Monday, 28 January 2013

 

        

Vice Minister chairs a meeting to boost understanding of relevant officials about the operation of occupational disease clinic at Rama Garden Hotel in Bangok. The meeting is also aimed at creating a work safety promotion network.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Anusorn Kraiwatnussorn, Vice Minister of Labour, said the occupational disease clinic is created as a result of continued cooperation between Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Public Health. It functions to take care of workers who are important national resources. They will be provided with well-standard check-up/diagnostic/rehabilitation services, when they suffer by illness or accident.

 

Mr. Anusorn the centre also functions to promote/prevent/monitor occupational disease and work accident in accordance with the government’s work safety promotion policy, and promote good quality of lives and welfares through the enhancement of the compensation fund, which is created to take care of workers who are affected by work accident.

 

According to official statistics by office of compensation fund, the rate of accident resulting 3 or more days off work, loss of organ, disability or death in 2012 reduced to 4.49 per one thousand persons from 4.55 per one thousand persons in 2011.

 

Mr. Anusorn said in 2013, the occupational disease clinic scheme expands its services in additional nine hospitals under Ministry of Public Health, making the total number of hospitals with such the services to 90. The scheme should directly cover 8.58 million workers and 342,280 workplaces. This should help the country achieve providing effective medical services, reducing work accidents and enhancing of work capacity.

 

Mr. Anusorn told officials to study previous years’ statistics and work out how to prevent occupational disease and help extend the work life of old people.

 

During the meeting, the vice labour minister also presented an excellent award to an occupational disease clinic in Rayong province, an outstanding award to an occupational disease clinic in Nakhon Ratchasima province and a decent award to an occupational disease clinic in Udonthani province. He also presented certificate to five graduates of physical and mental impairment assessment course.

 

The meeting was attended by 500 people including executives and representatives from many organizations such as Ministry of Public Health’s hospitals, universities’ hospitals, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s hospitals, provincial offices of social security, provincial offices of labour protection and welfare and local labour safety offices as well as the project’s coordinators.

 

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