Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Earthquake

Thailand has a bit of a problem
Apparently there were a very large number of tourists in the area hit by the tidal wave, and many of these people have Rh negtive blood - but they dont really have that blood type in thailand.

http://www.bambi-bangkok.org/living/health/blood.htm

"The Thai Red Cross has a mere 3,000 Rhesus negative donors on their register throughout the country. Many of these donors are not contactable by telephone. In a city with an estimated population of over 10 million people this is not many."

"So what happens when a foreigner - tourist or resident - is involved in an accident or requires hospital admission and Rhesus negative blood is needed in a hurry? The hospital will contact the Thai Red Cross. If they don't have any in stock then the family of the patient is often told to find the blood themselves!"

Big trouble for any tourists who are injured or need other medical attention from Thailand's strained resources.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Irvin Soltani said...

Not assured.

3:19 AM  

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