MOPH holds medical seminar to discuss flu prevention

August 14th, 2008 - 3:55 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Following the World Health Organization (WHO)’s estimation of a serious outbreak of influenza worldwide in the near future, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) will be holding a seminar in an effort to better prepare medical personnel to prevent and treat flu cases.

The seminar is scheduled to be held at the Royal Mekong Hotel in the province of Nong Khai and will involve physicians, nurses, and medical academics in Thailand as well as medical representatives from Laos. Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Department of Disease Control, Dr. Sirisak Warintrawat (ศิริศักดิ์ วรินทราวาส), reveals that not a worldwide flu pandemic will result in huge loss of life among humankind. The WHO forecasted that the global flu outbreak may also result in a bigger destruction of global economy than what once happened after the deadly Tsunami in 2004.

Dr.Sirisak further states that if the flu disease breaks out worldwide again like in 1918, the number of disease victims in Thailand may top 26 million this time and the country may several hundred thousand lives. He says the seminar aims to educate medical personnel in terms of treatment procedures and urge local residents in their communities to stay alert to the possible outbreak.

Dr.Sirisak also adds that the ministry will also consider enforcing the 2nd strategic scheme B.E 2551-2553 regarding prevention and preparation for possible outbreaks of avian flu and influenza. He says patients who are at risk for the disease and particularly those who are older than 65 will be urged to have vaccinations. Despite the absence of a global outbreak, Dr. Sirisak says there are 9,557 flu patients in Thailand and 2 flu fatalities in Surat Thani province.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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