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Songkran accidents cost Thailand 5 billion baht

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Songkran accidents cost country 5 billion baht

BANGKOK, 21 April 2016 (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has reported that the country might have to spend more than five billion baht on healthcare for casualties during the Songkran holiday.


According to MOPH Permanent Secretary Sopon Mekthon, road fatalities throughout the Songkran holiday rose to 504, compared to 479 last year. More than 28,000 people were injured. Around 4.6% or 195 of those hospitalized will likely suffer some form of disability. Medical expenses are estimated to be at least five billion baht.

Reports indicated that road casualties peaked at 15,184 between April 13 and 15, leading to 244 deaths. The number of accident victims during the first three days of the Songkran festival represented more than half of accident victims throughout the week-long holiday.

Dr. Sopon said relevant agencies had been applying traffic accident prevention measures since the beginning of fiscal year 2016. Accident-prone areas have been fixed and more than 500 vehicle checkpoints have been set up in different areas before the long holiday. Emergency medical services have also been improved, both in the number of personnel and life-saving equipment.

The MOPH is analyzing the root causes of accidents that occur during the Songkran festival. The study should be completed within May.

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May be so but it keeps the unemployment rate low and the undertakers and monks incomes high.

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Disgusting, they praise themselves for killing more people!

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"The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has reported that the country might have to spend more than five billion baht on healthcare for casualties during the Songkran holiday."

Another successful Songkran safety campaign by the government. Next year they will "Urge" even harder without taking any effective actions. I think the biggest healthcare casualties are sprained arms from them patting themselves on the back.

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here we go another year, and they are "analysing" results. ok here is two to start with, number 1.most driving pissed up, and number 2. got no <deleted> road sense at all, so is it only one week they are worried about ?? not the other 51 weeks that make up a year. yep thought so .

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...but at least we will been nicely dressed and not have danced provocatively!

All hail to another government initiative, getting all priorities right!coffee1.gif

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The MOPH is analyzing the root causes of accidents that occur during the Songkran festival.

These causes are known.

Been published .

Year after year the causes are the same.

Intoxication + excessive speed.

And the causes will be re-analysed cheesy.gif

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A study of the root cause of the blatantly obvious ! Oh my !!! Secondly 5 billion in medical expenses, if the authorities enforced the traffic laws with substantial fines they would recover that money Im sure and in the process possibly save some lives.

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Safe and sane are bygone words during Dumbkran...???

Cancel the whole darn thing.....??

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.....all this human carnage....deaths...injuries....disfigurement .....handicaps....lives and families ruined.....

...all they can think of is baht......

...pretty sick.......

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Root cause: excessive drink driving and speeding? Or, generations of utterly ineffective, virtually non-existent law enforcement leading road users to believe they can drink drive and speed with relative impunity?

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Mop did you say? that comes after sweep,

dam bunch of meat heads.

4 x 2 = across the numb skulls head would not make a difference

a doctor of what ? sure is not common sense,

may be a doctor of spin , how these (educated ) keep their positions

is just amazing.

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They took many precautions except one. They still have not taught them to drive

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It costs the government a stash of cash - but it also costs you and me higher insurance premiums!

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A study of the root cause of the blatantly obvious ! Oh my !!! Secondly 5 billion in medical expenses, if the authorities enforced the traffic laws with substantial fines they would recover that money Im sure and in the process possibly save some lives.

thumbsup.gif very true.

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