The highly anticipated and visionary initiative, “50 districts, 50 hospitals,” flagged off in Don Muang, placing it on the map as the pioneer district in the capital to embrace the advent of a brand new state-of-the-art hospital. The remarkable scheme is brought to life by the determined efforts of Public Health Minister Dr. Cholnan Srikaew, who previously revealed this among the 13 significant programmes earmarked at the time of his appointment.
The execution of the plan involves identifying suitable locations with pre-existing structures that can be efficaciously transformed into a fully-equipped hospital. The new medical facility will boast an impressive 120 beds along with top-of-the-line primary care services and emergency treatment provisions. Dr. Cholnan elucidates that within the forthcoming 100 days, the establishment set for revamping into a hospital should be primed and prepped.
“Following the footsteps of Don Muang, we are encouraging all other districts to initiate their preparations when they feel prepared to embark on this transformative journey,” expressed the health minister on this note. The first question popping up in everyone’s mind is understandably the staff sourcing. However, a clear strategy has been laid out by Dr. Cholnan. Initially, the medical expertise required for the hospital will be in-sourced from the vast talent pool available within the ministry of public health itself.
Having a long-term vision, Dr. Cholnan stated his preference that district hospitals should ideally operate as public organizations. This would mimic the model followed by the Ban Phaeo Hospital located in Samut Sakhon, a prime example of operational efficiency and best practices in patient care delivery.
As part of the administrative tasks and successful implementation of these novel healthcare programs, Opas Karnkawinpong, the Permanent Secretary for health, has the crucial responsibility of forming a dedicated team of 13 sub-committees. Each sub-committee will be entrusted with the task of supervising the progress of each of the 13 programs, including the pioneering “50 districts, 50 hospitals” policy. This initiative marks a new era in restructuring and modernizing healthcare services across the district network.