The cabinet endorsed draft regulation of the Prime Minister’s Office on regional health areas for people which are to be set up in 13 zones nationwide. The regional health areas for people are aimed to promote participatory health systems and meet local health needs. This initiative is a new dimension to support joint cooperation of all sectors effectively.
Dr Amphon Jindawatthana, secretary-general of the National Health Commission, said that on April 26, 2016, the cabinet approved the draft regulation proposed by the commission that was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Narong Pipatanasai. The regional health areas for people will be main mechanisms for the development of participatory health systems at the local level. The well-being of people, families and communities will be served through the processes that guarantee participation by all parties. They will take part in owning and taking responsibility for health systems, setting the vision and direction of health system development, and managing all health affairs in the way that truly meets the demand of local residents.
“The regional health areas fo