The government-run Koh Samui Hospital in Nathon will build a Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine Center within the hospital compound to serve both residents and tourists alike.
Dr. Chalermpong Sukonthapol, hospital director, said the Bt15 million project will provide natural treatments to those who prefer not to betreated by modern drugs. Once the project is completed, he said, Koh Samui Hospital will be the first hospital in the country to provide modern and alternative medicine at the same time.
Dr. Chalermpong said construction of the center, along with all the equipment and facilities it would need, would cost the hospital Bt15 million.
The Lottery Bureau, according to him, is providing Bt10.6 million for the project.
To raise the balance amount needed, the hospital would launch a number of fundraising activities. The first such activity will be a boxing event to be held at The Ganga Ram Temple.
Dr. Chalermpong recently presided a meeting of a committee helping to raise funds for the alternative medicine center. Its members include Dr. Suwit Nanthapanich, managing director of the Koh Samui Hospital Development; Mr. Taweesak Intapornhom, Senior Permanent Secretary, Koh Samui; Ms. Thanomsri Ratanarak, president the Koh Samui Red Cross Society; Police Col. Samran Mahchareon, director of the Puthon Police Station in Samui; Mr. Narop Tuachareon, vice president of the Koh Samui Municipality, among others.
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