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Village Visits

In recent years, the work of the Royal Medical Team has been expanded to cover more than general care. The Royal Medical Teams are now augmented by specialists who treat eye, ear, nose, and throat problems. Others concentrate on allergies. They either work on their own or assist physicians in provincial hospitals. Follow-up on patients is conducted by staff from Her Majesty the Queen's Personal Affairs Division who monitor the patients' recovery until they are fit enough to return home. The Division also provides funds to aid patients until they are able to return to work. To aid military and civilian personnel wounded in the line of duty, His Majesty in 1968 financed the establishment of an Artificial Limb and Vocational Workshop at the Phra Mongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok . In 1982, as part of his goal of creating rural self-sufficiency in health care, His Majesty launched a programme to train village health personnel. Selected villagers take part in medical training programmes to become paramedics capable of handling ordinary ailments and first-response emergencies. In addition, they offer simple preventative medicine and nutrition advice to fellow villagers, especially pre-natal care to ensure healthy births.

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