Posted by Martin Harrison
Even though it is still the rainy season and we have witnessed excessive rain recently with water, water everywhere this is not the case at Cha-Am hospital where they have run out of bottled drinking water.
Over the last few months Prachuab Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi and other provinces have been actively increasing the number of vaccinations provided to the people of the local municipalities to enable the recovery process of getting tourism back to Thailand and allowing businesses to open to stimulate the much-needed growth in local economies.
It recently came to the attention of Past President (PP) Napa Keawtem and Rotarian Benjamas Uamsa-Ard that Cha Am hospital was really struggling to provide welfare in the form of water for people waiting to be vaccinated.
Generally, the process can take 2 to 3 hours to initially vet and register people and administer the much-needed vaccines. With the warm climate it is important for people to remain hydrated during this process therefore large quantities of bottled water are required.
Cha Am hospital is currently vaccinating around 1,000 people a day for 6 days every week, only resting on Sundays.
Currently the government does not provide funding to supply water for drinking purposes at the hospitals, and this has to be sourced through hospital budgets or local companies to provide water. Currently the hospital has no more money left to provide water and has had to borrow water from the municipality.
PP Napa and Benjamas brought this to the attention of the Board of directors of the Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin (RCRHH), and although in a different province the club decided to provide support for the water starved hospital.
It would seem the Hua Hin hospital has better support to provide logistics at their own vaccination centres.
It was agreed that the RCRHH would sponsor one vaccination day and agreed to purchase and distribute nearly two thousand bottles of water on the 6th October.
In essence the amount of water we provided is really only enough for one day therefore support is much needed on a regular basis.
Many of the people today were people on low incomes, migrant workers and students therefore where we would think the price of a bottle of water is low, this may be challenging to some of the above people.
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