A week ago Maharat Hospital in Nakhon Ratchasima's Muang district was completely cut off by floodwaters. Today it is open although service is not quite normal.
A week ago Maharat Hospital in Nakhon Ratchasima's Muang district was completely surrounded by floodwaters, stranding thousands inside. Today it is open although service is not quite normal. SAROT MEKSOPHAWANNAKUL
A TV report on the current flood situation follows the story.It includes a short clip for the 1942 floods.
Korat’s Maharat Hospital reopens today
Patients happy at news 2 weeks after flash flood
Hospital director Sawannee Tangwerapornpong said yesterday Maharat was ready to resume all services except surgery.
Dr Sawannee said surgery would begin again in two days after technicians repair the hospital’s waste water treatment system, which was damaged two weeks ago by flash floods.
The hospital tested its readiness by providing some outpatient services yesterday.
Wipa Polman, 32, whose eight-year-old daughter suffers from leukaemia, was relieved that services were resuming.
‘‘I have to take my daughter to the hospital every week but the doctor cancelled last week’s appointment because of the flood,’’ Ms Wipa said.
‘‘I’m very glad to hear that the hospital has resumed its services. Postponed appointments are not good for my daughter.’’
Noi Pherkhontod, a 51-year-old cancer patient, said she received an SMS from the hospital informing her that her twice monthly treatments could resume.
‘‘It is quite strange for me. It is not as crowded as usual,’’ Ms Noi said.
‘‘But the situation is still not very convenient. There is still flooding here and I had to take a military truck to get to the hospital.’’
A nurse at the hospital, Lorsri Tangsupachai, said flooding in the area had been the worst she had seen in 20 years.
The generosity and cooperation of several groups enabled the hospital to resume services earlier than expected, she said.
‘‘We have never gone hungry because of people donating food and drinks to staff and patients every day. That defines ‘Thainess’ to me,’’ she said.
Maharat is the province’s largest hospital and typically treats 3,000 outpatients and 1,000 inpatients every day.
Damage to the hospital caused by the floods is estimated at 200 million baht.
Dr Prapat Ukpanan, director of Psychiatric Nakhon Ratchasima Ratchanakharin Hospital, said he was concerned that some people receiving outpatient care would have gone without treatment.
‘‘I am worried about the outpatients who are unable to visit the hospital, which might result in their condition worsening,’’ he said.
He said he had received many phone calls from the families of some patients and his staff had tried to offer them suggestions on how to cope at home.
Meanwhile, executives at schools affected by the floods in the province expect to have to delay the beginning of the new academic term by at least a week.
Education Minister Chinnaworn Boonyakiat said 305 schools in the province were affected by the deluge, which caused over 300 million baht in damage.
‘‘About 140 schools in the province are still submerged,’’ Mr Chinnaworn said yesterday during a tour of flooded schools in the province.
Sinlapasit Thapthimthongchai, the director of Suranareewitthaya School in Muang district, said the facility would be unable to open next Monday as it was still submerged under one metre of water.
The school needed to wait until repairs were completed and flooding drained before reopening.
The director of Muang Nakhon Ratchasima School, Manop Jansoongnoen, said 47 of the school’s 172 teachers were unable to travel to work because of flooding making some roads impassable.
The school, which offers kindergarten and primary education to about 3,000 students, has had to postpone the opening of its new semester as well.
Sukun Suwanthada, the director of Nakhon Ratchasima Vocational School, said the start of the new semester at his school would also have to be pushed back.
surrounded – having something completely around all sides ถูกล้อมรอบ
stranded – left somewhere with no way of going anywhere else ปล่อยเกาะ
patient – someone who is receiving medical treatment คนป่วย, คนไข้
flash flood – a flood that happens suddenly without warning น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
resume – to begin again after stopping for a period of time ดำเนินต่อไปใหม่, กลับมาอีกครั้ง
surgery – medical treatment in which a doctor cuts open someone’s body การทำศัลยกรรม
repair – to fix something that is broken or damaged ซ่อมบำรุง
readiness – a state of being ready and able to deal with what might or will happen ความพร้อม
outpatient – someone who receives medical treatment at a hospital, but who does not stay there for the night คนไข้นอก
suffer – to be badly affected by a very difficult or unpleasant situation ประสบความลำบาก
leukaemia – a type of cancer affecting your blood ลูคีเมีย, โรคชนิดหนึ่งที่มีเม็ดโลหิตขาวผิดปกติ
relieved – happy that something unpleasant has not happened or has ended โล่งใจ, เบาใจ, หมดกังวล, ผ่อนคลาย
appointment – an arrangement to see someone at a particular time, especially for a business meeting or to get a professional service การนัดพบ
postpone – to delay; to decide that something will be done at a later time เลื่อนออกไป
convenient – easy to do, or not causing problems or difficulties สะดวก
nurse – someone who is trained to look after ill or injured people, usually in a hospital พยาบาล
generosity – kindness, especially in giving things to people ความกรุณา
cooperation – a situation in which people or organisations work together to achieve a result that will benefit all of them การร่วมมือกัน
enable – to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible ทำให้เป็นไปได้
donate – to give something such as money or goods to an organisation, especially to a charity, school, political party, etc. บริจาค
define – to describe clearly and exactly what something is กำหนด, ระบุ, ทำให้ชัดเจน
typically – usually; normally อย่างเป็นแบบฉบับ
estimated – thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available ประมาณการ
psychiatric – connected with the treatment of mental illness เกี่ยวกับจิตวิทยา
concerned – worried about something มีความกังวล
condition – the physical state of a person or animal, especially how healthy they are อาการ, ความเจ็บป่วย
cope – to deal successfully with a difficult situation รับมือกับ
executive – a senior manager in a business or other organisation ผู้บริหาร
delay – to make something happen at a later time than originally planned or expected เลื่อน
academic term – school term; one of the periods of time into which the year is divided for students ภาคเรียน
deluge – a sudden, very heavy rainfall or a sudden flow of a large amount of water ฝนตกหนัก น้ำปริมาณมาก
submerged – under water จมน้ำ อยู่ใต้น้ำ
facility – a place, especially including buildings, where a particular activity happens
drain – to get rid of the water in an area of land ระบายออก
impassable – of a road or path that cannot be travelled on because it is blocked or because of bad weather conditions ซึ่งผ่านไปไม่ได้
semester – one of the two periods that a school year is divided into in some countries ภาคการศึกษา
With your background from our continuous coverage of the floods over the past week you should be able to understand this morning's news broadcast on Channel 11 presented by the Bangkok Post's team: