In 27 provinces, the Public Health Ministry has established 42 “Mini Thanyarak,” or drug rehabilitation facilities.
Minister Dr. Cholnan Srikaew stated yesterday that it is a part of an initiative in which the ministry hopes to have launched centers around the country by the end of this year.
The Ministry of Public Health is launching them as part of its “One Province, One Mini Thanyarak” campaign, which is a series of initiatives that the ministry hopes to implement in 100 days or by December.
According to him, the Mini Thanyarak network initiative is being driven by the Princess Mother National Institute on Drug Abuse Treatment (PMNIDAT) and six regional Thanyarak Hospitals.
“We hope rehabilitation services in every province will help reduce the number of narcotic drug users,” he stated.
PMNIDAT and Thanyarak Hospitals are opening the Mini Thanyarak Centers. They also provide guidelines and recommendations for treating drug addicts.
He indicated that the six Thanyarak hospitals and PMNIDAT would welcome patients from the centers in the event that they had to transfer.
The ministry’s permanent secretary, Opas Karnkawinpong, stated that hospitals will convert individual buildings into rehabilitation centers.
In order to treat drug patients, the hospitals must have committed physicians and nurses, and the ministry will also offer staff training.
“When each province has its Mini Thanyarak centre, travel costs for patients will fall, providing easier access to those who want to stop using drugs,” he stated.
Sarawut Boonchaipanishwattana, the director of PMNIDAT, claimed that the Public Health Ministry provides funding for drug addiction treatment.
To access the service, they can make use of their participation in government medical programs, such as the Gold Card program.
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