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27 July 2009 :: 12:07:59 pm 33354

Pm: Virus Fatalities Won’t Exceed 1,000

BANGKOK, July 26 - Pledging that Thailand is continually monitoring the sharp rise in the number of Influenza A (H1N1) virus victims in the country, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Sunday his administration would not allow the number of fatalities "to exceed 1,000."
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Speaking during his weekly television and radio address, Mr. Abhisit acknowledged that the number of virus victims internationally and in Thailand has risen sharply and that the Thai government has, in consequence, distributed handbooks to the public so that they can learn how to protect themselves from the disease and this should assist in controlling the spread of the pandemic.

The Ministry of Public Health is improving its distribution of medicine to virus victims, and there is sufficient vaccine in reserves in the country, he said.

He later told journalists that a seven-month-old pregnant woman had given birth to a baby who happened to contract the virus and was sent to Bangkok’s King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital for treatment. Doctors are examining how the baby received the virus.

Mr. Abhisit said he was optimistic that his government would be able to control the number of virus fatalities to not exceed 1,000.

Latest statistics released by Public Health Ministry last Wednesday confirmed the total deaths from the country’s Influenza A(H1N1) at 44, almost double the 24 deaths reported the previous week. It announced the country’s total Influenza A (H1N1) cases recorded at 6,776 in its weekly report.

Meanwhile, Somchart Pimthanapoonporn, president of the Hat Yai-Songkhla Hotel Business Association, said many foreign tourists wishing to travel by air to Hat Yai, considered as a shopping and entertainment heaven for tourists, have cancelled their trips dues to concerns over the disease.

However, tourism in the district is expected to pick up in mid- and late-August as Malaysian and Singaporean tourists have booked hotel rooms to join in alms offering to 10,000 Buddhist monks and on Malaysia National Day celebrations respectively, Mr. Somchart added. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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