Reporter : Itiporn Lakarnchua
BANGKOK, 21 May 2018 (NNT) – Up to 10,446 cases of dengue fever infection have been recorded in Thailand since January 1 of this year with 15 deaths so far.
Director-General of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, elaborated that most cases of dengue infection were among citizens aged between 15 and 24, followed by those aged 10-14 and then 25-34. Frequency of infection is expected to accelerate now that the country is entering the rainy season.
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BANGKOK, 5 January 2018 (NNT) – The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has outlined seven communicable diseases it believes will need close attention in 2018.
Deputy Director-General of the DDC Dr. Suasadang Ruayajin voiced concern for the public’s health in 2018, stating his office is to implement precautionary measures against seven communicable diseases.
BANGKOK, 13th December 2017 (NNT) - The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has held a strategic seminar on insect-borne communicable disease prevention to promote healthy lifestyles in rural areas.
DDC Director-General Dr. Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai said during the recent seminar that Thailand has successfully implemented an insect-borne disease prevention program and completely eliminated elephantiasis from the country.
BANGKOK, 3rd December 2017 (NNT) - Relief aid and urgent assistance have been rushed to flood victims in southern Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Governor Chamroen Thippayapongtada led a team of local officials on Saturday to deliver 150 sets of essential items and offer moral support to 58 households of Lang Bueng Community in Mueang District, who were among those hit hard by recent flooding.
BANGKOK, 26th November 2017 (NNT) - More help has been rushed to flood victims in Thailand’s southern region.
Phetchaburi governor Chatporn Ratdusadee has led a group of local officials and officers from related agencies to King Mongkut Memorial Hospital or Phra Chom Klao Hospital to offer support to medical personnel, who have been preparing to join the Phetchaburi Provincial Health Office in receiving patients affected by recent flooding and in a tour to all flood-hit areas to distribute basic medical supply.
NONTHABURI, 15 November 2017 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has delivered 50,000 sets of medicine to flood victims in the southern region.
Deputy MOPH Permanent-Secretary Opas Karnkawinpong said the ministry has continued to provide assistance to the southern flood victims while the flood water has begun to decrease in the central, northern, and northeastern regions with many clinics and hospitals to continue their operations, but some areas still remain affected requiring them to provide services at other makeshift locations nearby.
YALA, 7 November 2017 (NNT) - Thailand's Yala Provincial Public Health Office has warned people of the risk of contracting dengue fever amid recent rainfall.
Dr. Songkran Maichum, of the Yala Provincial Public Health Office, said the rain may have contributed to creating more breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes. He said people will become infected if they do not take precautions.
KHON KAEN, 28th October 2017 (NNT) – The Thai military is speeding up assistance to flood victims in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen.
Officials from the Thai Armed Forces have traveled by boat to flooded areas in Khon Kaen to give relief bags to the victims and offer their moral support.
According to local officers, a total of 18,000 people in eight districts have been affected by the inundation, especially the Nam Phong district which has been submerged in floodwater for more than two weeks.
BANGKOK, 19 October 2017, (NNT) - Thailand's Ministry of Public Health has urged people in flooded areas to take protective measures against flood related diseases, particularly leptospirosis and conjunctivitis.
Permanent Secretary of the Public Health Ministry, Dr. Jessada Chokdamrongsuk, has instructed officials at health centers in flooded areas to prepare measures for flood related diseased.
Leptospirosis can be transmitted to humans through cuts and abrasions of the skin, or through the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth.
NONTHABURI, 9 September 2017 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health has ordered hospitals in flood-risking areas in 44 provinces to get prepared for imminent flooding and take early measures for patient service.
BANGKOK,18 August 2017 (NNT) - The Director General of the Department of Mental Health has advised people in flood-prone areas to brace for floods in a reserved and calm mental state.
During 29 July to 17 August 2017, the Mental Health Department has assessed mental health of over 5,000 people in Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Kalasin and Roi Et. There were 231 people who have been diagnosed as under severe stress and need to be closely monitored.
BANGKOK, 24 July 2017 (NNT) - The Ministry of Public Health has instructed its provincial offices and hospitals nationwide to prepare for possible flooding, as a tropical storm moves across the country.
BANGKOK, 18 May 2017 (NNT) – Health care units in flood-risk areas are to prepare action plans in order to minimize disruptions and ensure serviceability.
The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has instructed officials attached to health care units to get readied for flooding as two provincial hospitals and their medical instruments have been reportedly affected by flooding, forcing transfers of some patients to other hospitals.
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN, 24 January 2016 (NNT) - Bang Saphan Hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan has now resumed its services after officials finished repairing the nearby bridge on Phet Kasem Road.
The first floor of the hospital was flooded and its medical equipment and facilities were damaged, forcing the hospital to shut down for 1 week. Soldiers and related authorities helped to clean up the hospital and restored its services. The hospital was able to resume on January 23, along with its obstetrics and minor surgery clinic.
NONTHABURI, 23 January 2017 (NNT) – More than 180 medical teams have been providing medical services to flooded communities in the southern region everyday, with some 81,000 patients treated so far.
PRACHUAB KHIRI KHAN, 13 January 2017 (NNT) - Bang Saphan Hospital staff and soldiers have begun moving medical equipment back into the hospital after the flood water has been drained.
In Prachuab Khiri Khan, Bang Saphan Hospital staff and the soldiers started cleaning the medical equipment as the hospital is expected to resume its operation on Friday. The electrical system at the Out Patient Building has now been fully restored.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 11 January 2017 (NNT) - The Second Naval Area Command of the Royal Thai Navy has reached out to flood victims in Nakhon Si Thammarat under a rescue operation dubbed ‘From the Sea.’
An airbus helicopter flew from the Royal Thai Navy Ship Ang Thong to deliver a medical team and safety equipment to the residents of Cha-uat district after a report that ill people were unable to receive medical attention as their homes were submerged in deep flood waters.
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 8th January 2017 (NNT) – Thirty thrusters are being transported to the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat to assist local authorities in flood draining efforts.
The Royal Thai Navy is shipping 30 thrusters to Nakhon Si Thammarat where they will be used to push the flood water into the ocean. Another 20 thrusters will also be sent to the inundated region soon, according to the Naval Dockyard Department.
BANGKOK, 7th January 2016 (NNT) - The Prime Minister is concerned about ongoing heavy flooding in southern regions and has ordered the dispatch of troops to help evacuate flood victims to safer areas.
Spokesman of the National Council for Peace and Order Col. Winthai Suvaree said today that the Royal Thai Army has now dispatched military personnel and relief teams to help residents of 10 southern provinces, who have been affected by recent flooding, as instructed by Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha.