Publication: Health and nutrition survey of tsunami victims in Phang-Nga Province, Thailand
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Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. Vol.37, No.2 (2006), 382-387
Karunee Kwanbunjan, Rungwit Mas-Ngammueng, Phirapol Chusongsang, Yupa Chusongsang, Pannamas Maneekan, Yaowamarn Chantaranipapong, Somchai Pooudong, Piyarat Butraporn (2006). Health and nutrition survey of tsunami victims in Phang-Nga Province, Thailand. Retrieved from: https://repository.li.mahidol.ac.th/handle/123456789/23791.
Health and nutrition survey of tsunami victims in Phang-Nga Province, Thailand
The post-tsunami health and nutritional statuses of survivors were surveyed three months after the disaster struck. Non-participant observations and questionnaires were used to study the effects of the disaster on their lifestyles and health while residing in temporary shelters provided by the government and private donors. Anthropometries were measured and dietary surveys conducted to elicit nutritional status. Our findings indicated good management of drinking water in the temporary shelters. Toilet construction and water supply were adequate, but wastewater and sewage systems were poorly managed. The study group still suffered from injuries after the disaster, and complained of back pain, stress, and sleep disorders. Most in the study group had unsatisfactory health behaviors, and obesity was an increasing problem among female participants.