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The Thai Red Cross Society held a forum on health services for transgender people in an effort to promote equal access to medical treatments.
Deputy Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Public Health Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai presided over the opening ceremony of the forum which was aimed at coordinating efforts between related public agencies to provide medical treatments to transgender people.
Dr. Nittaya Panupak, a member of the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Center, said statistics revealed that 50% of transgender people in Thailand do not have equal access to public health services while as many as 90% of them overdose on hormones.
Many transgender people are suffering from renal failure, hepatitis and clogged arteries as a result of hormone overdose. Dr. Nittaya added the Thai Red Cross Society introduced a ‘tangerine clinic’, which is Thailand’s first transgender clinic, nine months ago to help them cope with their illnesses.
The Thai Red Cross Society is planning to open seven more clinics elsewhere in the country as it is gaining popularity.