Mexicaanse griep in Thailand

Zoals bijna overal ter wereld is ook in Thailand de ‘Mexicaanse griep’ opgedoken. Vanaf vandaag zal ik in deze topic berichten plaatsen die hier betrekking op hebben.

Ondanks de Mexicaanse griep kan men momenteel nog zonder problemen naar Thailand reizen.

By: Bangkok Post.com
Published: 14/07/2009 at 12:08 PM

The Public Health Ministry reported on Tuesday that three more people had died from the influenza A (H1N1) virus, bringing the total number of deaths in Thailand to 24.

It also confirmed 176 new infections, bringing the total number of infections to 4,057.

The 22nd victim was a 67-year-old woman living in Bangkok. She was min the last stage of lung cancer.

The 23rd victim was a 57-year-old woman, also living in the capital.

The latest victim was a 32-year-old woman from Samut Sakhon. She had asthma and was overweight.

*Bron: Bangkok Post / www.bangkokpost.com *

By: Bangkok Post.com
Published: 14/07/2009 at 02:48 PM

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has ordered the closure of all of its 435 schools, 200 nurseries and 13 occupational training centres for five days from July 15 to 19 to prevent the spread of the A(H1N1) flu virus.

Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra announced the decision after a meeting of city administrators on Tuesday.

The BMA would also focus on a campaign encouraging people to wear a protective mask, especially in crowded places, he said.

The city would distribute two million masks to the people at various crowded locations such as at the BTS skytrain stations and Hua Lamphong railway station.

Bangkok MPs and city councillors would be asked to distribute 10,000 masks each to people in their constituencies, he said.

Billboards encouraging peple to wear a mask and wash their hands would be put up immediately at intersections in the city. All community radio stations would be asked to join the campaign to prevent the spead of the flu virus.

The BMA also planned to close all of its schools on Aug 10 and 11, a Monday and Tuesday, to allow a major clean up of the schools over five days.

The cabinet on Tuesday approved a budget of 850 million baht for the Public Health Ministry to purchase flu vaccines and antiviral medication for H1N1 patients, Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nopamornbodee said.

Mr Manit said that 600 million baht will be spent on purchasing two million doses of flu vaccine from France, while the rest of the money will be spent on buying another 10 million tablets of oseltamivir antiviral medication.

The vaccine was expected to arrive in Thailand within the next four to five months, he said. The purchase of more antiviral medication will increase the stockpile of the drug to 15 million tablets.

The cabinet did not approve Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kachornprasart’s proposal to close schools and tuition schools nationwide for two to four weeks to stop the spread of the virus.

Earlier, Deputy Education Minister Chaiwuti Bannawat was sceptical that the proposal to bring forward the end of the semester and close schools up to a month early to curb the spread of the H1N1 flu virus would really have any effect.

Mr Chaiwuti said students would have more free time to spend at crowded places like department stores, cinemas and internet shops, which could increase the spread of the virus.

“I’m concerned because I’m not sure if those kids would actually stay at home,” he said. “What if students in rural areas travel to Bangkok?”

The Public Health Ministry reported that three more people had died from the effects of the A (H1N1) virus, bringing the total number of deaths in Thailand to 24.

It also confirmed 176 new infections, bringing the total number of infections to 4,057.

The 22nd victim was a 67-year-old woman living in Bangkok. She was in the last stage of lung cancer.

The 23rd victim was a 57-year-old woman, also living in the capital. She was in the last stage of lung cancer.

The latest victim was a 32-year-old woman from Samut Sakhon. She had asthma and was overweight.

*Bron: Bangkok Post / www.bangkokpost.com *

By: BangkokPost.com
Published: 14/07/2009 at 02:49 PM

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority will take six measures to help prevent the spread of the A(H1N1) flu virus, BMTA acting director Opas Petchmunee said on Tuesday.

“Hundreds of BMTA personnel are in close proximity to the passengers, and the virus could spread very quickly if they become carriers of the disease,” Mr Opas said.

He said all bus drivers and fare collectors will be required to wear face masks while working, all buses must be cleaned after arriving at their garages, curtains in air-conditioned buses must be removed to allow sunlight to pass through, electric fans must be opened for air circulation every 10 minutes, handrails must be cleaned more frequently and all buses will have a container of alcohol for disinfection.

The proposal will be submitted to the transport and public health ministries for consideration, he said.

“The BMTA already has a financial obligation and it will need the Public Health Ministry’s financial assistance,” he said.

*Bron: Bangkok Post / www.bangkokpost.com *

By: BangkokPost.com
Published: 14/07/2009 at 03:22 PM

The cabinet on Tuesday approved a 600 million baht budget for the purchase of two million doses of A(H1N1) flu vaccine from France, Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nopamornbodee said.

The vaccine shoud arrive in Thailand within 4-5 months, he continued.

The cabinet also agreed to the manufacturer’s condition that it would not be responsible for any side effects from the use of the vaccine.

The cabinet also approved an additional 250 million baht budget to buy another 10 million tablets of oseltamivir antiviral medication.

The purchase will increase the stockpile of the drug to 15 million tablets, which should be enough to deal with the flu outbreak, the deputy minister said.

*Bron: Bangkok Post / www.bangkokpost.com *

**Abhisit opposed, saying kids will gather in malls **

By: LAMPHAI INTATHEP and APINYA WIPATAYOTIN
Published: 15/07/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News

City Hall has ordered the temporary closure of its schools despite scepticism from the cabinet that the measure will curb the spread of A (H1N1) flu.

Students atWat MahantharamSchool in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district walk past a notice announcing the school’s closure from today to Sunday. It is one of more than 400 schools under the BangkokMetropolitan Administration’s supervision ordered closed for a clean-up to curb the spread of influenza type-A (H1N1). APICHART JINAKUL

All 435 schools, as well as 200 daycare centres and 13 vocational training centres run by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), will be shut from today to Sunday. But schools in Bangkok and other provinces run by the Education Ministry will remain open.

The BMA’s decision came after the flu death toll reached 24 and Bangkok topped other provinces in the number of type-A (H1N1) infections.

BMA spokesman Taradol Piempongsant said the closure of BMA-run education facilities was essential to stopping the virus spreading in the capital.

The BMA plans to distribute 2 million face masks to city residents and it will encourage Bangkokians to wear the protective gear in public areas, whether or not they have the disease.

“This is the best prevention measure,” Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra said.

Bangkok MPs and councillors will be asked to distribute 10,000 face masks to constituents by the end of this week.

City Hall’s decision to close schools went against the cabinet resolution which vetoed proposals to close schools nationwide and call an early end to the current semester. It said the measure would not stop the flu’s spread.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said after the cabinet meeting he did not think school closures would end virus transmission among children who would likely hang out in other crowded places such as online game shops and shopping malls when they were off school.

“The most effective way to curb infections is keeping sick people at home,” the prime minister said.

Speaking on a special programme on the A (H1N1) outbreak broadcast live on government-run Channel 11 last night, Mr Abhisit did not rule out the possibility of ordering a nationwide closure of schools and other public places at some future date.

“But such measures will be implemented only when the situation is right. Over-reacting will do more harm than good,” he said.

Mr Abhisit said the government is focusing on screening and improving treatment for very ill flu patients.

But Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai backed the BMA’s decision to close the schools, saying that flu response measures should be considered at a local level as the outbreak’s severity was different from place to place.

“It’s unreasonable to close every school in the country when the outbreak is particularly serious in big cities, including Bangkok. Local administration organisations should come up with measures that suit the situation,” he said.

The cabinet yesterday approved a budget of 850 million baht to buy vaccines and drugs for A (H1N1) flu prevention and treatment.

The Public Health Ministry will spend 600 million baht to buy 2 million doses of H1N1 vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur, and another 250 million baht on 10 million tablets of the anti-flu drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu), Mr Abhisit said.

Thailand would also work on developing a vaccine, which is expected to be ready for mass production in about five months, he said.

The vaccine will be given to healthcare providers and high-risk groups, such as children, pregnant women, and people with chronic diseases.

The cabinet’s approval of the import of the vaccine and medicine import came a day after the World Health Organisation issued a statement emphasising the need for vaccine stockpiling in all countries to tackle the spread of the A (H1N1) virus which it said was now “unstoppable”.

WHO director-general Margaret Chan suggested all countries immunise their healthcare workers as a first priority.

The committee on the preparation for influenza control and prevention yesterday asked for cooperation from entertainment businesses not to organise concerts for two weeks, saying any activities which gather a large number of people together would increase the chance of virus infection.

“This is not a compulsory measure. But we need to have active cooperation from music companies,” said Prat Boonyawongvirote, permanent secretary for public health, who is on the panel.

*Bron: Bangkok Post / www.bangkokpost.com *

Wij gaan in September 2009, nu er maatregelen genomen gaan worden, als het dragen van Monddoekjes en wie weet wat er nog meer gaat komen, is het dan wel verstandig om naar Bangkok en wel heel Thailand te komen.
Er veranderd nu toch ook wel het een en ander, je kom naar Thailand om toch het land te zien en te leren kennen. Is het niet zo dat dit nu wel wat moeilijker gaat.
Want het gaat nu wel heel erg snel daar met de vervelende Mexicaanse griep.

Maak je geen zorgen, rond die periode dat je weg gaat verwacht men dat het in Nederland zich meer gaat openbaren en vooralsnog zijn het de mensen die al een kwakkkelende gezondheid hebben die eraan bezwijken.
Met al deze berichten stap ik over 6 dagen gewoon het >>> in :dag:.

Beste Peter,

Zoals Jan al aangeeft, zou ik me vooralsnog niet al te veel zorgen maken. Het dragen van mondkapjes en het sluiten van scholen door de Thaise regering is enkel een noodmaatregel om de verspreiding zoveel mogelijk tegen te gaan. Alle toeristische bezienswaardigheden zijn gewoon open voor toeristen.
Daarnaast is Thailand een groot land met zo’n 65 miljoen inwoners, momenteel zijn er 25 doden gevallen (16 juli 2009) waarvan de meeste slachtoffers reeds een slechtere gezondheid of andere aandoening onder de leden hadden.

Government promises not to hide any details

Writer: APINYA WIPATAYOTIN AND ANUCHA CHAROENPO
Published: 16/07/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News

The Public Health Ministry has ended daily updates on the type A(H1N1) influenza pandemic, saying it wants to avoid public confusion.

The virus claimed another life yesterday, as a health specialist attributed a recent increase in new infections to better reporting rather than increasing prevalence of H1N1.

Disease Control Department director-general ML Somchai Chakrabandhu said new cases of flu, normally reported daily on the Public Health Ministry’s website, http://www.moph.go.th, now will be updated every Wednesday.

“We will give weekly updates instead, to avoid confusion,” he said.

The department has also decided to change the process of laboratory testing for A (H1N1).

Tests now will be done for severe cases and sampling cases only.

ML Somchai said lab tests mean nothing at the moment because 80% of people with flu symptoms probably also have the H1N1 virus.

"We have over 5,000 samples pending for tests, and we assume most are infected with A (H1N1).

“Lab staff have been overworked, so we plan to get a lab confirmation test only in severe cases or risk groups, to provide faster treatment,” he said.

Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nopamornbodee promised not to withhold any information.

He said the daily updates were scrapped to avoid confusion among the public.

Some hospitals which are not under the ministry and some private hospitals did not report infections.

“Health officials will check every hospital for information. We will not withhold or hide information about flu casualties,” he said.

More than 2,100 people yesterday called the ministry’s around-the-clock hotline service to inquire about the pandemic.

Deputy permanent secretary for public health Paichit Varachit said most callers wanted to know about symptoms and treatment.

The ministry expects to receive two million doses of A(H1N1) vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur, a pharmaceutical company, in October.

The vaccine will be given to three priority groups - medical staff, patients with chronic diseases and the country’s executives, ML Somchai said.

But a former public health minister Suchai Charoenratanakul yesterday warned the government not to rush into using the flu vaccine.

Dr Suchai, who worked under the Thaksin Shinawatra administration, urged the government to study vaccine development to make sure those receiving the vaccine do not have a life-threatening reaction.

Now back at the Respiratory Disease Division at Siriraj Hospital, Dr Suchai cited a 1976 incident in the US, when 33 people died after getting a low-quality flu vaccine.

He called on the government to take more aggressive and preventive measures including possible closure of all schools nationwide and bans on all social events and activities for at least one week.

The government should also encourage shopping centre and cinema operators to clean their places daily, Dr Suchai said.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday said he was open-minded on all suggestions for fighting the flu and said the government was ready to take decisive action should the outbreak worsen.

The prime minister insisted that the quality of the vaccine the government was importing in October would be guaranteed.

Kamnuan Uengshusak, a health specialist, said the H1N1 pandemic in Thailand was not critical when compared to other countries.

He attributed a sharp increase in the number of new infections and deaths to better surveillance against the new strain of the virus.

The latest fatality from A (H1N1), the country’s 25th, was reported in Chumphon province.

The 62-year-old victim died on Tuesday , a day after she was admitted to hospital. The patient had underlying health problems.

*Bron: Bangkok Post / www.bangkokpost.com *

het enige probleem is dat er hier minder medische opvang …begeleiding
en ook medikatie is
en het is allemaal niet zo erg tot het aan UW voordeur staat
voor mensen die op reis komen…stel je voor dat ze op in Bangkok de grote bezienswaardigheden twee weken sluiten…
of voor andere …bvb. in Pattaya een barsluiting afroepen …enz…
ge kun het zo gek niet bedenken…hier is het allemaal mogelijk
een zonnetje 34 graden

Dan meld ik me wel aan bij de Nederlandse ambassade met mondkapje voor en wat andere dingen zullen betreffen, als deze preventief gesloten worden vermaak ik me wel mits niet getroffen door de griep in het zonnetje van 34 graden met een biertje op mijn eigen terras.
>>> nog 5 dagen :vak01:.

**GPO says sprays will be thoroughly tested **

Writer: APINYA WIPATAYOTIN
Published: 17/07/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News

Thai-made type-A(H1N1) nasal-spray vaccine will be safe and effective in protecting the population against the pandemic, the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation says.

The assurance was given after the agency obtained seed virus from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The state-run drug manufacturer’s assurance came amid growing concerns about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine due to its rushed production. The main concern was that there would be limited time to test it.

Former public health minister Suchai Charoenratanakul, citing a 1976 US case where 33 people died after being injected with a low-quality vaccine, yesterday urged the government to make sure the vaccine was safe before releasing it to the public.

GPO chairman Vichai Chokewiwat said the nasal-spray vaccine against the new flu virus would meet global standards with the close supervision of the WHO.

The WHO-sponsored production of the vaccine will begin next month after the GPO’s receipt of the seed virus and 350 eggs from Germany to grow the vaccine.

The vaccine development will be conducted at a pilot plant in Silpakorn University’s pharmaceutical faculty in Nakhon Pathom.

“The safety standard of the vaccine is our ultimate concern,” Dr Vichai said. “We can’t introduce it to the public without a satisfying result from a clinical trial on humans.”

The vaccine development team plans to conduct trials on 430 volunteers of different age groups.

The clinical test on humans, which takes 120 days, will be closely supervised by the Public Health Ministry’s Ethical Review Committee for Research in Human Subjects.

The newly made vaccines will also be submitted for the Food and Drugs Administration’s approval before being introduced to the public.

“If things go as planned, we will have the Thai-made spray vaccine by the end of this year,” he said, adding that Bangkok will sell 10% of the total production of 10 million doses to the WHO at a low price.

The government will provide the vaccine to about five million people for free.

However, GPO managing director Witit Artavatkun said the spray-type vaccine is not suitable for people with certain ailments such as flu, emphysema, asthma, respiratory problems, HIV/Aids and those who are allergic to chicken eggs, Dr Witit said.

The National Health Security Office will pay compensation to vaccine recipients who suffer negative side-effects from the vaccine although experts insisted that the chances of undesirable effects arising from using the vaccine were slim, he said.

The Public Health Ministry has also ordered two million doses of injectable vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur which will be shipped to the country in December and January.

Earlier, the government said the vaccines would come in September.

In the first stage, the ministry plans to give the locally made and imported vaccines to 2.6 million people who are classified in three groups - medical personnel, people with chronic and severe diseases such as cancer and heart diseases, and senior administrative members.

Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai played down public concern over the quality of imported vaccines, saying that the GPO experts would carefully inspect the products before injecting people.

But the minister said the public should not place too much hope on the vaccine and should focus on taking care of their health and hygiene to avoid contracting the virus.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he knew nothing about the country’s executives being listed as priority groups to receive vaccines.

He said it was too early to discuss the possibility of giving vaccines to those who were not classified in the high risk groups. “We have a limited amount,” he said.

Culture Minister Teera Slukpetch called a meeting of 300 game shop and movie theatre operators to give them advice on how to prevent further outbreaks of the virus.

*Bron: Bangkok Post / www.bangkokpost.com *

Writer: BangkokPost.com
Published: 17/07/2009 at 11:17 AM

People were scared by the A(H1N1) flu virus pandemic and did not believe the Ministry of Public Health could control the outbreak, an opinion poll by Suan Dusit Poll at Rajabhat Suan Dusit University concluded on Friday.

The poll conducted on July 14-16 involved 1,194 people in Bangkok and other provinces.

Just over 82 per cent of respondents admitted they were nervous about the flu outbreak as the deadly virus had rapidly spread; about 69 per cent of them did not think the Ministry of Public Health had the capability to keep the flu pandemic under control.

Just over 60 percent welcomed the World Health Organization’s assistance for the production of a vaccine at Silpakorn University and felt the plan should be speeded up.

Health authorities last night confirmed that another patient had died of the effects of the H1N1 virus, bringing the country’s flu death toll to 26.

*Bron: Bangkok Post / www.bangkokpost.com *

Writer: BangkokPost.com
Published: 17/07/2009 at 12:44 PM

The latest Abac Poll, conducted by Assumption University, shows the majority of the people have no confidence in the health authorities’ ability to control the spread of the A(H1N1) flu.

The poll, of 1,215 people in 17 provinces, was conducted on July 15 and 16.

The majority, 54 per cent, said they were not confident the government would be able to control the spread of the virus and 61 per cent were very worried indeed.

The poll found that 61 per cent of the respondents said they did not know how to properly protect themselves from the flu. Most people, 88.7 per cent, did not wear a protective mask while in a condominium, apartment or dormitory; 73.8 per cent did not do so while travelling in places and visiting tourist attractions; and 52.6 per cent did not wear a mask while in a hospital or clinic.

*Bron: Bangkok Post / www.bangkokpost.com *

Writer: BangkokPost.com
Published: 17/07/2009 at 01:47 PM

Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kachornprasart, chairman of the national committee for prevention of the spread of A/H1N1 flu, admitted on Friday the government is not able to limit the spread of the deadly virus.

“Control is impossible. It is a matter for every individual to protect himself. Politicians are not to blame because we have done the best we can,” he said.

Maj-Gen Sanan said the best way out in this situation is for all people to take care of themselves, adding that the pandemic is not a mistake in the government’s policy.

There have so far been 4,500 confirmed cases of influenza A/H1N1 in Thailand with 26 deaths.

*Bron: Bangkok Post / www.bangkokpost.com *

Ze doen er toch alles aan om je te waarschuwen. Wij zijn ook niet zo bang uitgevallen. Mocht er iets voorvallen dan merken we het wel.

Ton

:dag:Een prettige vakantie, Jan. Vergeet niet je mondkap af te doen met je Singha.

Groeten,
Ton

Dank je wel Ton, ik zal aan je denken als ik er een open trek, eerst een weekje Isaan back to basics, en wat Laos, dan ongeveer twee weken Hua-Hin e.o, en als afsluiter 3 dagen Bangkok in het Amari boulevard hotel Sukhumvit. Nog 4 dagen >>> :vak01:.

Writer: APINYA WIPATAYOTIN
Published: 19/07/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News

Forget the big statements from the prime minister or the public health minister, it’s the ladies at the 1422 call centre who are really going to help you overcome your fears of the H1N1 flu virus.

“Sawaddee ka, my name is Piyada, I am very pleased to be at your service,” answered an operator at the Public Health Ministry’s call centre.

She is among some 20 operators especially trained by health experts for the job of reducing your fears over the rapid spread of the virus.

These operators have been receiving around 2,000 calls a day since the setting up of the centre a week ago.

Despite the unexpected large number of calls, they calmly answer your questions and listen to your complaints on the state’s handling of the flu pandemic.

The sweet and kind voices of the operators, together with reliable and well-rounded information about the type-A H1N1 influenza makes the callers feel as if they are calling a customer service of a top private company.

“This kind of two-way communication can greatly reduce public confusion and panic over the disease,” said Porntip Wiriyanond, director of the Disease Control Department’s planning division who is in charge of the call centre.

On average, the number of calls is much higher than during the bird flu outbreak in 2005, she said.

The team of operators is made up of Disease Control Department officials and members from a private call centre.

Ms Porntip said callers were more concerned about the lax flu pandemic responses in the country than about tips on how to protect themselves.

“So many have called us to express their frustration over the government’s handling of the outbreak,” she said. “These people have also provided us with a lot of interesting and useful advice on how to control its spread.”

Each operator at the call centre works a 12-hour shift. A night shift operator said callers were also asking questions about sex, which has nothing to do with H1N1.

“I try to answer their questions because hanging up the phone would be impolite,” said the operator. “But if they refuse to stop, I tell them that I have to cut short the conversation to receive other calls.”

*Bron: Bangkok Post / www.bangkokpost.com *