Norwegian rotary contributes to Pattaya hospital

Rotary clubs in Norway, South Korea and Thailand has come together to bring 30 new beds and equipment to Sattahip Km.10 Hospital, writes Pattaya Mail.

As part of their matching donation, Helge Holst and his wife Brita present hospital director Dr. Sukit Pungketsunthorn with a picture of the Norwegian ship Skibladner. The 158-year-old vessel, still in use, is a symbol of longevity and community cooperation to keep it afloat.

The former Norwegian club president Helge Holst and his wife Brita initiated the project in 2013, and suggested a matching-grant donation with a Plutaluang Rotarian. The idea was to supply a government hospital with beds and supporting equipment.

Sattahip Km.10 hospital began life as a community clinic in 1975 and was upgraded to a 30-bed hospital in 1992. In 2003 it was upgraded again to a 60-bed facility, but has been stressed by the growth in Sattahip District. The four-story facility had lots of unused space, due to lack of equipment.

“This is not our first project in Thailand,’ Holst said, noting Brita and he came to Thailand for the first time in 1979 before eventually retiring here.


He said he previously had four disabled Thais join the International Rotary Handicapped program in Norway and, in 2005, organized his first matching grant for school equipment in Nakhon Phanom.

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