Pattaya Daily News

12 May 2009 :: 07:05:33 am 37005

Health Ministry Seeks Bt80 Million to Produce Antiviral Drug & NBSP;

BANGKOK, May 1 -- Thailand's Public Health Ministry will request Bt80 million from the Cabinet to buy raw materials to produce the antiviral drug Oseltamivir to treat patients contracting deadly influenza A (H1N1), Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nop-amornbodi said on Monday.
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Mr. Manit said the request would be made of the Cabinet Wednesday and the budget, if approved, would be given to the ministry’s Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) to buy raw materials to produce two million tablets of Oseltamivir.

He said the medication would be stocked for emergency use.

Presently, Oseltamivir produced by the GPO costs Bt40 per tablet while that produced by commercial pharmaceutical anufacturers sells for Bt120 per tablet.

Mr. Manit said the ministry had coordinated with the Weightlifting Association of Thailand on measures to monitor by thermo-scan the temperatures of about 1,000 foreign weightlifters and their coaches and managers during their participation in the 1st World Youth Championships to be held in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai between May 19-25.

The athletes and their coaches and managers must undertake temperature testing in the morning daily while staying in Thailand, he said.

Meanwhile, the Public Health Ministry also had talks with schools nationwide, ahead of the new semester mid-May. Mr. Manit said there would be students returning from summer vacation in countries with reported cases of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.

The school were to report to the Ministry if any student fell sick or was absent from class longer than usual. As for undergraduate students, anyone feeling sick or showing flu symptoms should wear a mask and avoid joining activities with crowds. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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