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Medical Update: July 2014

Jungle Aid

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.

Ba Mak

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Medical Update: June 2014

Jungle Aid

Our June medical visit was very exciting as for the first time ever we were able to have 2 dedicated medical teams visit two separate locations on the same day. Dave kindly donated two 4×4 trucks that were necessary to be able to reach the villages. To access these villages we had to drive through dense jungle and cross rivers.

Our two teams were visiting Pala u Noi and Bon Luk.

Pala u Noi

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Mobile medical units being sent to help flood victims and promote disease prevention

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.

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Dengue fever on rise in Phatthalung

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.

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Royal assistance to victims of floods and mudslide

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.

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Dengue fever centers set up in Buriram after 200 patients diagnosed

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.

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Ministry of Public Health orders a close watch on dengue fever

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.

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Malaria closely monitored during the rainy season

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.

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Surin sprays insecticide to kill Aedes mosquitoes

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.

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Surin moves prevent dengue fever outbreaks

SURIN, 15 June 2014 (NNT) – Surin Province aims to eliminate common mosquitoes around houses in order to prevent dengue fever outbreaks especially in nurseries.

The Surin Public Health Office said that since it has rained more often lately, dengue fever outbreaks also increased.

To reduce the outbreaks, the Surin Provincial Public Health Authority has emphasized the elimination of mosquito larvae in containment sites, and has eradicated mosquitoes in order to break the cycle that spreads to humans especially children who can be badly affected.

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Villagers urged to reduce mosquito breeding sites to avoid dengue

LUMPANG, 15 March 2014 (NNT)-Villagers in Mae Moh Tambon, Lampang, northern Thailand have united to destroy mosquito breeding sites.

Mr. Chucheep Bunnag,Mayor of the Subdistrict Municipality led officials from Mae Moh Municipality and health care agents in Mae Moh to visit 200 villagers and establish an understanding amongst the people of the danger of Dengue.

The rising number of Mae Moh dengue patients, was considered the highest in Lampang province in 2013. This is a sign that this year’s dengue fever situation might also be severe, with an expected 115 of patients.

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Campaign of dengue fever prevention begins on ASEAN DENGUE DAY on 15th June

BANGKOK, 12 June 2014 (NNT) The Director General of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), Dr. Sopon Mekthon said that the Thai dengue fever situation has been better in the period 1st January – 10th June 2014. Even so a total of 8,231 dengue patients were treated with five later dying. The figure is 79% fewer compared to the same period last year. However, Thailand is entering the rainy season this July and expects to have 10,000 dengue patients nationwide. Therefore, there is an urgent need to destroy the cause of the disease which is the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

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Medical Update: May 2014

Jungle Aid

On a gorgeous sunny morning in Hua Hin our huge team of volunteers met ready for a trip to one of our remote villages. On the way we were able to stop and check the Home For Students and met some our children that are supported by our amazing sponsors. We met Nong Dee who is as cheeky and full of life and To To who is still requiring intense medical support for Thalassaemia.

Once we had checked the students we went on to the village Pala u noi where we were able to see approximately 30 children and families that needed to be seen by our medical team.

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Chiang Rai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office finishes survey of damaged areas

CHIANG RAI, 10 May 2014 (NNT) – The Chiang Rai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office has surveyed the damaged areas, helped victims, and are now restoring roads, which are all available now to the public.

The Regional Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (Chiang Rai) in cooperation with the Local Health Promotion Hospital has opened an aid center at Ban Huai San Yao School, providing mobile drinking water facilities for the people and have cleared damaged structures.

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Chiang Rai Quake generates 712 aftershocks so far

CHIANG RAI, 12 May 2014 (NNT) - The Chiang Rai earthquake that struck on the evening of May 5th has created a total of 712 aftershocks so far and caused severe mental distress to a number of locals living near the quake’s epicenter.

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Around 200 quake victims in Chiang Rai severely traumatized

CHIANG RAI, 8 May 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Mental Health has discovered that around 200 people in Chiang Rai were severely stressed after having been traumatized by the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck the province on Monday, and some of them were at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Damage reported in several northern provinces after Chiang Rai quake

CHIANG RAI, 6 May 2014 (NNT) – Damage has been reported in several provinces in the North after a magnitude 6.3 quake occurred in Chiang Rai, with an epicenter located 10 kilometers deep in Phan district.

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Mental health woes for southern Thai women


Activists and academics in southern Thailand are calling for improved assistance, including mental health services, for women affected by the decade-long armed conflict.


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Turkey Supports IOM Aid to Rohingya Migrants Detained in Southern Thailand

Thailand - IOM will to continue to help Rohingya migrants detained in southern Thailand over the next three months, following a new contribution of over USD 51,000 from the Government of Turkey.

The majority of Rohingya migrants in Thailand were detained en route from Myanmar’s North Rakhine state to Malaysia, where they hoped to find work.

Since May 2013, IOM and the Royal Thai Government have provided humanitarian support – health assistance, supplementary nutrition and hygiene items – in immigration detention centres and family shelters.

International Organization for Migration:

Copyright © IOM. All rights reserved.

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Aid given to villagers in Sakon Nakhon after storms

Sakon Nakon, 25 March 2014(NNT)-Mrs Ornanong Techamaneesathit, President of Sakon Nakhon Red Cross Association, has sent Red Cross staff to join Mr Samrit Putsri, Mueng District Sheriff, and Mr. Vichan Tanhin from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, to take aid and emergency survival bags to villagers affected by severe summer thunderstorms, in Sakon Nakhon.