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23 February 2009 :: 11:02:16 am 39063

Special Health Care Prepared for Participants in The 14th Asean Summit

The Ministry of Public Health has prepared more than 500 doctors and nurses to provide special health services for participants in the upcoming 14th ASEAN Summit, scheduled for February 27 to March
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The Deputy Permanent Secretary for Public Health Paijit Warachit said that the Ministry had set up a coordinating center at Hua Hin Hospital in Hua Hin district, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, which is close to Cha-am. The venue for the summit is at the Dusit Thani Hua Hin Hotel in Cha-am district, Phetchaburi province.

The selected of doctors and nurses will come from various hospitals in Bangkok and the provinces. They will be divided into 72 teams to be posted at all hotels, where ASEAN leaders and other participants in the summit check-in, as well as other venues of related meetings. The health services will be offered around the clock for the safety of ASEAN leaders and their delegations, members of the media covering the summit, and other people involved.

Emphasis will be placed on epidemiological surveillance, environmental sanitation, food hygiene, and health care. The Ministry of Public Health will look at hotel kitchens and rooms to ensure cleanliness and safety. Special care will be taken to prevent such diseases as food poisoning, diarrhea, and influenza. Moreover, traditional Thai massage service will also be demonstrated and offered to interested people. This service is becoming popular among foreigners. It involves the use of hands to massage various muscle groups of body to relieve pain and tension.

According to the Deputy Permanent Secretary, specialists in various medical fields will stand by in case of emergency. There will be 11 ambulances equipped with modern equipment and communication devices. Two ambulances will be ready for anyone suffering from heart problems.

It is expected that at least 800 people, comprising leaders from 10 ASEAN countries and members of their delegations, will join the upcoming ASEAN Summit and related meetings in Cha-am and Hua Hin.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kumnuan Ungchusak, Senior Expert from the Department of Disease Control, said that the Ministry of Public Health would join hands with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports in proposing to the 14th ASEAN Summit that Phuket in southern Thailand be designated as a disease-free tourism destination.

The issue of healthy tourism would be a topic of discussion among the 10 ASEAN member countries. The diseases to be under surveillance in healthy tourism include diarrhea, hemorrhagic fever, rabies, and respiratory problems, such as influenza and bird flu.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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