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Government to launch safety measures for Songkran

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Thais celebrate their New Year with the Songkran festival

Thais celebrate their New Year with the Songkran festival. Originally, this involved sprinkling a small amount of water on ones elders as a token of respect but these days you're more likely to be confronted with buckets and a collection of high powered water guns as everyone joins in up to five days of soaking fun.

BANGKOK, 28 March 2017 (NNT) – The Cabinet on Tuesday approved an order to require all hospitals to provide free treatment for emergency patients within 72 hours before transferring them to the hospitals in the Social Security scheme.

Minister of Public Health Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said the Cabinet agreed that private hospitals must treat emergency patients until they are no longer critical and charge them or their relatives at the rates in accordance with the laws. Relevant regulations will be slightly revised before the order takes effect before the Songkran festival this year, said the minister.

Full story: NNT

Reporter: Suwit Rattiwan
National News Bureau of Thailand

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