City's first hospital for elderly to open this year
Governor prepares capital for 'aged society'
published : 16 Jul 2019 at 14:16
writer: Supoj Wancharoen
Bangkok's first city-run hospital for the elderly is set to open later this year in Bang Khunthian district to treat the increasing number of old people in the country's ageing society.
“We expect to offer some services as soon as the end of this year,” Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said yesterday, adding that the construction of Bang Khunthian Geriatric Hospital is now 93% completed.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) initiated the project in 2016, with construction kicking off the same year. The hospital, on the Bang Khunthian-Chai Talay road, is located in a coastal district of the capital.
Sitting on 35 rai of land, the hospital not only offer treatments, but also serves as a rehabilitation venue for the elderly.
The BMA aims to use the hospital as a training centre for people who want to study medicine for the elderly and become professional caretakers of old people.
“We want to get ready for an aged society,” Pol Gen Aswin said.
Its 300 beds are expected to serve up to 900,000 people a year, including those in other age brackets, according to City Hall.