Ministry of Public Health (Thailand)

The Ministry of Public Health (Thai: กระทรวงสาธารณสุข; RTGSkrasuang satharana suk; Abrv: MOPH), is a Thai governmental body responsible for the oversight of public health in Thailand.

Ministry of Public Health
"The Seal of Caduceus" by Prince Narisara Nuwattiwong
Ministry overview
Formed 1942
Jurisdiction Government of Thailand
Headquarters Mueang Nonthaburi, Nonthaburi
Employees ~400,000[1]
Minister responsible
  • Prof. Emeritus Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, M.D., Minister of Public Health
Ministry executive
  • Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, M.D., Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Public Health


In Thailand before 1888 there were no permanent, public hospitals to provide care to sick people. Temporary hospitals were set up to care for patients during epidemics, then disbanded when the epidemic subsided. Under King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) a hospital was constructed and completed in 1888 and named "Siriraj Hospital" in commemoration of the king's young son, Prince Siriraj Kakudhabhand, who had died of dysentery.[2]

During the reign of King Rama VIII, the Ministry of Public Health was established on 10 March 1942 as a result of the enactment of the Ministries and Departments Reorganization Act (Amendment No. 3) of B.E. 2485. Later in 1966, the date 27 November was chosen as the commemoration day of the Ministry of Public Health's foundation.[2]



  • Office of the Minister
  • Office of the Permanent Secretary
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Disease Control
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Medical services
  • Department of Medical Sciences
  • Department of Health services support
  • Department of Thai Tradition and Alternative Medicine

State enterprise

Public Organisation

  • Ban Phaeo Hospital (Public Organisation)
  • Healthcare Accreditation Institute (Public Organisation)
  • National Vaccine Institute (Public Organization)
  • Health Systems Research Institute
  • National Health Security Local Fund
  • National Institute for Emergency Medicine

See also


  1. ^ Bunyamanee, Soonruth (10 January 2018). "War against corruption must begin at home". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "History of Public Health". Ministry of Public Health. Retrieved 5 February 2016.

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