PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international community

Doctors, medicines heading to Philippines The Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: The Public Health Ministry is expected to send 60 tonnes of medical supplies on an Air Force plane to the Philippines on Monday (Nov 18), with the government announcing yesterday it would initially provide Bt6 million to help people hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

Ministry permanent secretary Narong Sahamethapat said the ministry would also send three medical teams, each made up of 15 doctors, sanitation rehabilitation and mental-health experts - a total of 45 people - to set up a field hospital.

Assessing manpower

Public Health Minister Pradit Sintavanarong said the ministry would hold a meeting today (Nov 15) to ensure the medical teams are ready.