‘Sky Doctor’ Drill Held in Phang Nga


Public Health Minister Dr Cholnan Srikaew has inaugurated the “SKY Doctor” air transport drill in Phang Nga province, showcasing an improvement in Thailand’s emergency medical services.

The event, a major development for emergency response, saw the participation of high-ranking officials, including Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, Permanent Secretary for Public Health, along with administrative staff, medical professionals, village health volunteers, and various agency representatives.

Flight Lieutenant Atchariya Pangma, Secretary-General of the National Institute for Emergency Medicine, briefed attendees on the project’s progress and goals.

Dr Cholnan led a tour to inspect an ambulance boat and witnessed a live demonstration of the “SKY Doctor” air transport procedure at the temporary helipad of Koh Yao Wittaya School. This drill is part of the Ministry’s effort to set up a dedicated emergency medical team focused on improving the speed and efficiency of transferring critical patients, enhancing the accessibility of urgent medical care, and boosting patient survival chances.

Flt Lt Atchariya highlighted that the main objective of air transporting patients is their quick and safe relocation. While the event was primarily demonstrative, it set the stage for actual patient transports from Koh Yao district and nearby areas to begin immediately.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.