“The 3rd BIOPHARM Medicine Cabinets for the Community”

Recently, Biopharm Company Limited held a press conference at Khao Yai National Park, launching “The 3rd BIOPHARM Medicine Cabinets for the Community,” which is held annually. This year, it had a target to visit and give the medicine cabinets with basic and necessary medical supplies to the forest rangers of the eastern forest, which are Khao Yai – Tap Lan – Pang Sida – Ta Phraya National Parks and Dong Yai Wildlife Sanctuary, for an area of about 3.8 million rai, covering some parts of the provincial area of Saraburi, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, and Buri Ram. The area has been declared a “Natural World Heritage” from UNESCO in 2005 under the name of “Dong Phaya Yen – Khao Yai”. The event was part of an effort for a return to society for the community and forest rangers to have quality medicine equivalent to medicine in international countries. The objectives of the 3rd BIOPHARM Medicine Cabinets for the Community are as follows:

1. To express concern and support the operation of officers in the national park and wildlife sanctuary, who dedicate themselves in taking care of the Thai forest

Last year, Biopharm gave medicine cabinets to Salak Phra Wildlife Sanctuary and Erawan National Park in Kanchanaburi Province, in a total of 100 medical cabinets and medical supplies. This year, Biopharm will fill up the medical supplies and give 29 medicine cabinets to Khao Yai National Park, 76 cabinets to “Dong Phraya Yen – Khao Yai” National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, and the communities around the national park until reaching 100 cabinets as targeted.

2. To support the basic medical treatment of the forest rangers on patrol and first aid to travelers

Apart from increasing the medicine and first aid kits at the nursing room of the national park to take care of travelers who have an accident such as falling at the waterfall, the 3rd BIOPHARM Medicine Cabinets for the Community has added medicine that can respond to the need of officers. For example:

– Medicines for seasonal allergic rhinitis (Clarid)

– Cream for fungicide (Cotren)

– Cream for itch/rash (Clobet)

– Anthelmintic drugs (Alben)

– Eyewash

– Hydrogen Peroxide

Moreover, there were medicines that were given according to the 1st and 2nd scheme, which are cloth plaster, cotton sheet, cream for aches (Flanil cream), alcohol for disinfection, antiseptic (Povidine), medicines for gastritis (Belcid), and Paracetamol.

3. For the communities who live nearby the national park and wildlife sanctuary and far from hospitals to have good and quality medicines to use in case of emergency

Biopharm believes that, “The real sustainability of Thailand is the health of the forest and water. If the health of the forest, water, and officers are good, it will lead to a sustainable and good health of the people nationwide,” as in the Royal Speech of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej that had been given during His Royal Presence on His Majesty the King’s Birthday Anniversary on 5 December 1978, which stated that:

“Our natural environment, whether they are land, forest, river, sea, or air, are not only beautiful things. They are necessary for our living. By protecting our environment, it means protecting the future for our descendants.”

Khun Wanchai Choednaphaphan, Director of Pharmacy Business of Biopharm Chemicals Company Limited, gave the information that, “For the project of BIOPHARM Medicine Cabinets for the Community, the annual target is to distribute 100 medicine cabinets with the necessary medical supplies. This year, it will be given to the forest rangers of 5 eastern forests, which are Khao Yai – Tap Lan – Pang Sida – Ta Phraya National Parks, Dong Yai Wildlife Sanctuary, and the communities around the national park for a total of 100 cabinets. Moreover, we will refill the medical supplies of the existing cabinets which were given out in the past two years. The first year was at Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon Communities. The second year was at the national parks and the wildlife sanctuary of the west forests, such as Salak Phra National Park, Erawan National Park in Kanchanaburi Province, and Phu Toei National Park in Suphan Buri Province, and Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.”

Khun Khanchit Sinopphawan, Head of Khao Yai National Park, stated that, “Taking care of the forest is the greatest mission that cannot be stopped. We cannot ignore or abandon them even for one day. Just by acknowledging the importance of these duties, it is considered encouragement for the officers. It makes them feel that they are doing a greatest mission, so that they will be proud and have more power to do their work. In fact, people who can take the best care of the forest are not the officers, but all of us. The forest is a source of life. It is our breath and source of happiness. The forest is ours. We should love the forest, cherish the forest, and most importantly, we should preserve the forest and nature. If we love the forest, the forest will love all of us.”

In the patrol duties of taking care of the World Heritage Forest, 250 patrol officers in Khao Yai National Park are go out on patrol 3-7 times per day and carry about a ten kilo backpack with drinks, rice, dried food for sustenance, field cradle, and some clothes as well as medicines. Entering the forest each time means confronting many threats, including outlaws who smuggle and cut expensive Siamese Rosewood and kill wildlife such as deer and bulls. The officers must be prepared in all sides, such as disarming with bare hands, learning about herbs and basic medical treatment, and studying how to find natural water sources like how to drink water from the transpiration of leaves or how to drink liquid from the elephant defecation in case of emergencies, etc.

Trekking Activity along the Nature Trail

As for the team and mass media to understand the mission of the patrolling officers, we followed the officers into the nature trail, where the team will see the preparation of the officers for their patrol. The important tools that are needed for living in the forest are packed in the bag and weighs less than 20 kilograms (per 1 round of patrolling or 4 days). The officers took us to investigate the trail of “Dong Phaya Yen – Khao Yai” for a distance of 3 kilometers. “Dong Phaya Yen – Khao Yai” forests have been declared a “Natural World Heritage” from UNESCO in 2005, since the biodiversity is high with various types of forest such as rainforest, tropical rain forest, dry evergreen forest, dry deciduous dipterocarp forest, mixed forest, and meadows. Moreover, it is a reservoir and upstream of important rivers, which are Nakhon Nayok River, Prachin Buri River, Lam Ta Khong, Huai Muak Lek, and Mun River, which flows down to Khong River. Rare animals, such as the Bengal tiger, can be found here. At present, there are less than 4,000 Bengal Tigers that live in the wild around the world. At the end of March, the Office of the Natural Park held a press conference to announce that 18 Bengal Tigers are found in Dong Phaya Yen – Khao Yai from animal camera traps, which is considered to be good news in 15 years. There are many wildlife in Khao Yai National Park as well, like wild elephants, gibbons, deer, crocodiles, monkeys, and hornbills, etc.

“At present, the operation of the forest rangers uses National Park 4.0 to be in accordance with Thailand 4.0. There is the development of the quality and number of CCTVs in the same type that are used with terrorists, which will help in the surveillance of deforestation and hunting. Patrolling has also been developed to have more quality, which is called Smart Patrol, using GPS to guide the way. We will know the direction of the patrolling officers. There is also a form to record what they have found, like the size of an animal’s foot to analyze the age and type of the wildlife. Apart from helping with the patrolling of the officers, it can also provide safety for them. If there are threats, whether it is outlaws or a gathering of wildlife, rangers can notify and ask for help immediately. This can help us take care of the forest more effectively,” concluded Mr. Khanchit Sinopphawan, Head of Khao Yai National Park.

Filled with Dry Licks Activity

In the afternoon, the officers brought the team to the dry licks, which is a source of food for animals. There are many dry licks in Khao Yai National Park. The officers often bring minerals to fill the saltlicks for the animals to eat. These minerals for wildlife are those that cannot be replaced by plants. The officers demonstrated how to make the saltlick and allowed the team to experience making the saltlick before continuing with the next activity at the campground of Lam Tha Khong.

Biopharm Chemicals Company Limited concluded that, “The importance of the forest and the mission in taking care of the forest is necessary. Many raw materials in the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare products cannot be synthesized in the laboratory. Natural raw materials are needed. If the forest is sick and depleted, it will affect us immediately. It might also affect all industries in the country. Therefore, we see that the support to the mission of the forest rangers and the preservation project are very important, including the campaign to recognize the importance of the forest to support the mission of the officers by giving appropriate medical supplies for patrolling and to mitigate basic illnesses in the operation, which is like universally taking care of health. When the officers are healthy, the forest, wildlife, and all of us are healthy as well.

Though we are a Thai pharmaceutical company for Thai people, we would like to be an alternative in preventing diseases. We would like the Thai people to take medicine as least as possible or use medicine only when necessary. In the following years, this project will be continued, but it will be distributed to other areas. The necessary medicines for the officers will be covered, including other necessary things, such as field gas stove and gas cans for cooking to live in the forest, which is convenient and doesn’t create wild fires or leave traces of fire for the adversary.

Fighting Demonstration Activity

After having dinner at the campground of Lam Ta Khong, though there was slight rain, the officers still welcomed us with another activity that was considered to be the highlight of today, which was the fighting demonstration and self-defense to prepare for clashes with adversaries. Then, the executives of Biopharm presented souvenirs and we prepared to watch the animals at night as the last activity.

Follow up the work of “The 3rd BIOPHARM Medicine Cabinets for the Community” to carry on with the concern for forest rangers of the World Heritage, experience the beauty and shade of “Dong Phaya Yen – Khao Yai” World Heritage, the greatness of nature, whether forest, water source, or numerous wildlife. How big is their heart in taking care of the forest? It is not done for one person but for the breath of everyone. Therefore, we must cherish and protect the land, which is our breath, as best as we can.