Hospital launches heart drive for doctors
MedPark Hospital on Monday launched a campaign called "Save Doctor's Heart", which aims to help Thai doctors better protect themselves from coronary heart diseases.
The six-month campaign, which doctors can sign up to free of charge, was launched after the Medical Council of Thailand released a study which found that 10% of the 297 doctors who passed away between 2017 and 2021 died of heart disease -- the youngest of whom was only 31 years old.
The head of MedPark Hospital's Cardiology Centre, Wasan Udayachalerm, said at the launch event on Monday that the campaign is a way of giving back to Thai doctors, many of whom have very little time to take care of themselves.
"In Thailand, one doctor needs to take care of 1,794 patients. In the past two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, doctors have been working especially hard. We believe that some doctors ended up caring for over ten thousand people," Dr Wasan said.
"[This campaign will] help doctors to take better care of themselves ... so that they can continue taking care of their patients."
He said doctors between 35–70 years old who have never been diagnosed with heart diseases can sign up for the campaign.
Those who are eligible will get a basic cardiac check-up, free of charge. If the check-up reveals a heart condition which requires treatment, the treatment would be given at no added cost.
Doctors wishing to sign up for the campaign, which will run until Aug 12, can register online at http://medpark.hospital/DoctorsRegistration.