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09 July 2009 :: 00:07:19 am 36107

Pm: Cabinet Considers Closing Computer Game Shops, Tuition Schools to Contain Virus

BANGKOK, July 8 - Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Wednesday that there is "no need to close down the country" to halt the spread of the influenza A(H1N1) virus, and announced that the Cabinet will consider more stringent containment measures in public areas when it meets Thursday, in order to contain the virus.
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Mr. Abhisit told journalists after seeing Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai on the flu situation that the Cabinet will decide Thursday whether to close tuition schools and computer game centres, now considered the biggest threat to public health, and whether owners will cooperate with the government in fighting the disease.

He said cooperation with operators of cinemas, shopping malls and densely-populated communities had been sought earlier.

More education campaigns are needed to inform the public that they should see doctors immediately if they do not feel well, Mr. Abhisit said.

A special task force unit may be established to look after patients seriously suffering from the disease, he said.

The premier, however, accepted that the number of H1N1 patients may be higher than those officially confirmed by lab tests, but affirmed that the government is not hiding the situation or withholding information.

What we are doing is that when the H1N1 flu spreads, we closely monitor the situation and keep patients under close observation to save their lives, the prime minister said.

Thailand’s death toll of H1N1 patients stays at 0.4 per cent of those who were diagnosed of having contracted the disease. The World Health Organization advises that a country be closed and travel suspended if the death toll reaches 1.5-2 per cent.

Although Thailand has low rate of H1N1 deaths, Mr. Abhisit vowed that his government expanding its response to contain the H1N1 outbreak and to bring a halt to the rising death toll. (TNA)

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One stop service to detect H1N1 patients launched in Bangkok hospitals

BANGKOK, July 8 – In an attempt to more rapidly detect those affected by the H1N1 viral flu pandemic which has so far led to the deaths of 11 people in the kingdom, Bangkok Municipality Administration (BMA) on Wednesday launched a ‘One Stop Service’ track at its hospitals and health centers across Bangkok.
Bangkok Deputy District Chief Kraijak Kaewnil said that the BMA’s nine hospitals and 68 health centres in the capital will open a special track for H1N1 patients.

University deputy rector Methee Sanpanich said that the Phuket campus and 1,500 dormitory bedrooms will be sanitised as a 19-year-old male student died from the deadly virus.

 The service will be “one-stop”, said Mr. Kraijak, adding that at-risk patients showing flu-like symptoms will be quarantined from other patients and member of the public who come to hospital on ordinary business.

The so-called ‘One Stop Service’ includes filtering at-risk patients and conducting treatment in order to prevent the spread of the new virus strain to other people in the hospitals and health centres.

Meanwhile, the Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus announced a further two holidays from Thursday to Friday after one of its students was pronounced dead from the H1N1 flu.

Phuket earlier reported 37 cases of H1N1 patients and one death.

Mr. Methee said that health authorities are also keeping close watch over three students who are close friends of the deceased student, but noted that initially they showed no signs of having contracted H1N1 flu. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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