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When Abid was five, immigration officials arrested him and his family, Pakistani refugees fleeing religious persecution. The officials took them to the squalid immigration detention centre in central Bangkok. There, they joined hundreds of other refugees detained indefinitely, awaiting some distant possibility of release.
BANGKOK, 11 November 2014 (NNT) - Many submerged areas below the Banthat mountain in Phatthalung province have started to dry up after heavy rains stopped falling. The province is urgently surveying damages caused by the floodings.
The flood water levels in three flood-affected districts in the province, including Pa Bon, Kong Ra and Si Nakharin, are decreasing. Three other districts in water catchment areas and near the lake of Songkhla are still submerged.
BANGKOK, 01 Nov 2014 (NNT) – Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has dispatched dengue fever investigation teams in the latest move to guard the capital against the life-threatening disease.
The BMA Health officials have disclosed that there are still reports of a dengue fever virus risk in some areas, such as Bueng Kum, Phra Nakhon, and Chatujak. The BMA Health Department’s Surveillance and Rapid Response Teams (SRRT) also found three new cases of dengue infection. The patients were hospitalized and have already recovered.
After nearly a year of trying, we have managed to get access to our most remote village Ta Yai in Bang Saphan. The village is a widely scattered group of houses with its majority of houses and population on the Burmese side of the border.
It was a very demanding and challenging trek through rivers (six crossings through waist-high water with strong current), mountains and jungle. We were able to take 7 volunteers including our Doctor who was able to offer medical care to people who have no access to health care and regular supply of medicines.
By Angela Carreño and Alison Crawshaw
IOM Thailand, with the support of the Global Fund, is implementing a malaria Behaviour Change Communication campaign to reach migrants and their host communities with malaria and personal protection messages. This includes multilingual comic books, posters, flip charts, board games and radio broadcasts which together have reached almost 170,000 beneficiaries over the first two years of the campaign.
On 27th September we visited two villages to provide medical assistance and conduct other community development work. Whilst we took twelve volunteers to Bang Saphan, we were able to take a further eight to Baan Pa La U, including a doctor and supporting medical staff.
SURAT THANI, 10 October 2014 (NNT) -- Flooding has eased in many areas of Surat Thani. The province expects the situation will be back to normal in a few days, if there is no more rain.
According to the Natural Disaster Prevention and Mitigation office, water in four villages has receded; however, two lowland districts are still flooded. More than 10,000 rai of arable land is inundated.
The province has sent out 18 barges carrying drinking water, medicine and other necessities to be distributed to villagers who were trapped in high-level floods.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 6 October 2014 (NNT) - Residents in southern Thailand have been warned of an outbreak of dengue after more than 4,000 people have been infected with the virus.
Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Control in Nakhon Si Thammarat Dr. Panumas Yarnnawejsakul said that the monsoon season in the southern region of Thailand is now enabling the population of the Aedes aegypti mosquito — which is responsible for the spread of dengue fever — to grow quickly. As a result, the rate of dengue infection is now on the rise.
After many months we have finally managed to get access to our most remote village – Bang Saphan. The village is extremely difficult to get to due to it being displaced and for over 6 months it has been a constant battle to try and have access.
MAE SOT, Thailand – Visiting a sexual and reproductive health clinic may seem like an ordinary routine for many women. This is not the case for Saba, a 21-year-old mother who has been living in the Mae La refugee camp along Thailand’s border with Myanmar for the last two years.
Covered in a pink and black headscarf, Saba is paying a visit to one of the camp’s sexual productive health clinics operated by the Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand (PPAT) with the support of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
BANGKOK, 1 September 2014 (NNT) - The announcement of a severe flood risk resulting from heavy rain, was immediately acted upon by hospitals preparing for an emergency
The Permanent Secretary for Public Health Dr. Narong Sahametapat said that after the announcement by the Meteorological Department, that twenty risk-prone provinces should be prepared for floods, PH had instructed seventy nine hospitals in the areas at risk to prepare themselves in case of any emergency. The hospitals are in a position to provide their services to any victims at any time.
BANGKOK, 22 August 2014 (NNT) – Their Majesties the King and Queen have provided assistance to flood victims in Ubon Ratchathani after the northeastern province had been hit with heavy rains and landslides.
Provincial authorities have been instructed by Their Majesties to offer financial aid to a number of local households affected by the recent natural disasters. 500 relief packages have also been given to locals in the province.
Mobile medical units have provided free medical check-ups and dental services to residents living in the area.
BANGKOK, 24 July 2014 (NNT) -The Ministry of Public Health has ordered provincial public health offices in flood hit areas to send out mobile medical units to give assistance to victims until the current flooding situation is resolved. No epidemics have been reported, however, members of the public are advised to take care of their health and prevent possible outbreaks.
Our amazing volunteers split in to 2 teams again this month to visit 2 of our villages. They met early travelling for up to 4 hours in 4×4’s to reach their destinations loaded with donated clothes.
PHATTHALUNG, 18 July 2014 (NNT) – More than 300 cases of dengue fever have been reported in the southern province of Phatthalung since the beginning of this year and the number is expected to rise as the rainy season is still in full swing.
The Phatthalung Provincial Public Health Office indicates that, between January 1 and July 16, a total 302 residents have been infected with dengue fever, accounting for an infection rate of 58.12 per 100,000 persons. There have been no fatalities as of yet.
NAN, 15 July 2014 (NNT) - Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Princess Srirasm have designated a royal representative to distribute bags of necessities to people who are suffering from flash floods and mudslide in Bo Klua district, Nan province.
Captain Paiboon Sukjetani of the Bureau of the Royal Household, brought royal bags of necessities to the hands of victims of the disaster at Ban Bo Yuak School in Tambon Bo Klua Nua.
BURIRAM, 16 July 2014 (NNT) -The Buriram Provincial Public Health Office has established dengue fever prevention centers in every district to prevent the disease from taking hold in a wide spread area. The number of patients aged between 10 – 14 years old is 198 so far, and the number is likely to increase during the rainy season.
BANGKOK, 14 July 2014 (NNT) - The Public Health Ministry has assigned all of its offices nationwide to keep a watchful eye on the spread of dengue fever.
Dr. Narong Sahamethaphat, the Permanent-Secretary for Public Health, stated that in 2014, at least 10,000 cases of dengue fever have been reported. Thirteen people have died so far. Most of those who were infected are between 15 and 24 years old.
BANGKOK, 6 July 2014 (NNT) – Malaria is being strictly monitored during the emerging rainy season, as even earlier between January 1st and June 13th, 2014, 11,036 cases were reported nationwide.
The South sees most patients, followed by the North, Northeast, and Central regions. The five provinces reporting most Malaria cases are Ubol Ratchathani, Tak, Yala, Songkhla, and Kanchanaburi, according to information from the Public Health Permanent Secretary Narong Sahametapat.
SURIN, 28 June 2014 (NNT) – Surin province is widely spraying thermal-fog insecticide to eradicate Aedes mosquitoes, carriers of Dengue fever, after more than 100 patients were reported in the northeastern province.