Governmental officials from several departments in Thailand urgently provided aid, assistance, and reassurance to the victims’ families and injured from the Nong Bua Lamphu mass shooting on Thursday, October 6th.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul along with his delegation had arrived in the province at around 8:30 A.M. on Friday, October 7th, to monitor the situation, visit the injured, and give encouragement to health officials. All of the injuries are reportedly in stable condition under medical care.
He also ordered forensic doctors to speed up the autopsy process of the bodies of 37 victims, including children and adults, as he expected to return the bodies to the families for religious ceremonies as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, psychiatrists from the Mental Health Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (MCATT) were also assigned to provide mental assistance to all affected families.
On Friday afternoon, around 3:00 PM., bodies of the victims were transferred to Wat Rat Samakee Temple for the families to identify the bodies before proceeding with the religious ceremonies.
Meanwhile, Major General Nititorn Jintakanon, Deputy spokesman of the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau , told the Associated Press on Friday that the authorities would conduct more frequent and effective urine tests against police officers.
Those who were found to be involved with drug abuse would be immediately prohibited from possessing and using firearms after they left the force.
As of Friday afternoon, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan visited the childcare center shooting site to place condolences, lay flowers, and pay respect to the victims. The Prime Minister also spoke to the families of the victims during his visit.
Government spokesperson Anucha Burachaisri also revealed that three government departments, namely the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Justice, and Social Security Office, would also provide more than 13.18 million baht to the families of the 37 victims and the 10 injuries of the mass shooting.
The Prime Minister’s Office would provide 200,000 baht per fatality, 100,000 baht per severe injury, 50,000 baht per injury, and 200,000 baht per disability, according to spokesperson.
Their Majesties the King and Queen arrived in the province at around 8:00 P.M. Friday to visit the injured at Nong Bua Lamphu Hospital as well as to visit and express their condolences to the families of the victims who were present at the hospital.
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