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Anti-vaxers blamed for astonishing rise of Measles in 2018 – UNICEF

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“Measles is more contagious than tuberculosis or Ebola, yet it is eminently preventable with a vaccine that costs pennies.”

Thailand figures in the Top 10 countries in the world where measles cases rose alarmingly in 2018. Most of the rises of Measles cases in Thailand have occurred in the three southern-most provinces where a large Muslim majority live.

In some Muslim traditions it is against the teachings of their religion to allow children to be vaccinated. Between September and November last year, 14 deaths and more than 1,500 cases were reported in the southern provinces.

98 countries reported more cases of measles in 2018 compared with 2017, and the UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) warns that conflict, complacency and the growing anti-vaccine movement threatens to undo decades of work to tame the disease.

“This is a wakeup call. We have a safe, effective and inexpensive vaccine against a highly contagious disease – a vaccine that saved almost a million lives every year over the last two decades,” said Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF.

“These cases haven’t happened overnight. Just as the serious outbreaks we are seeing today took hold in 2018, lack of action today will have disastrous consequences for children tomorrow.”

“Measles is more contagious than tuberculosis or Ebola, yet it is eminently preventable with a vaccine that costs pennies.”

The World Health Organisation reports that cases worldwide had soared nearly 50 percent in 2018, killing around 136,000 people.

Ukraine, the Philippines and Brazil saw the largest year-on-year increases in cases. In Ukraine alone there were 35,120 cases, nearly 30,000 more than in 2017.

Brazil saw 10,262 reported cases after having none at all the year before.

The resurgence of the disease in some countries is being linked to medically-baseless claims linking the measles vaccine to autism, spread in part on social media by members of the so-called “anti-vax” movement.

The WHO last month listed “vaccine hesitancy” among the top 10 most pressing global health threats for 2019.

“Almost all of these cases are preventable and yet children are getting infected even in places where there is simply no excuse,” Fore said.

“Measles may be the disease, but all too often the real infection is misinformation, mistrust and complacency.”

“Despite the astonishing figures many anti-vaxers refuse to comprehend the problem they have caused and the misery they are inflicting on innocent young children.”

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Transport

Transport Company interprovincial bus services to the South remain suspended

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Transport Company, Thailand’s interprovincial bus company, announced this week that it is continuing its suspension of all services to the southern provinces as the country will be under the state of emergency until June 30.

It did not say when services will resume. The company was expected to resume services from Bangkok to Koh Samui, Phuket and Trang from June 1.

The Cabinet decided on Tuesday to extend state of emergency in line with measures to control the spread of Covid-19.

Transport Company announced in April, when the national curfew came into force, that services on routes longer than 300 kilometres would remain halted nationwide until further notice.

Services on routes under 300km operated by minibuses are still allowed, from 5am-4pm, and parcel services can operate from 5am-8:30pm.

The decision is in line with the decision of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration to maintain the night curfew, from 11pm-3am, and discourage travel between provinces to restrict the spread of the virus.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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Thai actress allegedly scams Chinese businessman out of 2.5 million baht

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A Thai actress allegedly tricked a Chinese businessman out of 2.5 million baht. Nation Thailand reports the woman worked with a gang to pose as high government officials who could help him with his business dealings.

The businessman finally made a complaint with police yesterday at the Pak Khlong San Police Station in southern Thailand. The Nation reports he was accompanied by a retired high-ranking police officer. The businessman had a shipment of 3,000 digital thermometers that were delayed at customs and alleges the actress said she could get her “connections” to help.

He paid 2.5 million to get his products through customs. The scammers told the man that 500,000 baht was for the customs department director and 2 million was for officers in interior and agriculture ministries. While the price seemed high and probably illegal, the businessman said he wanted the products shipped in and parted with the money.

He didn’t see the woman, or the money, since he made the payment. Police are also checking whether any officials were involved in the gang’s deception. Nation Thailand reports that the process normally costs around 100,000 baht.

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Son stabs father multiple times in Nakhon Si Thammarat

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A father was stabbed 9 times by his son yesterday in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. The Bangkok Post reports the 25 year old son was high on drugs and acting erratic. His 53 year old father tried to calm him down, but the son took out a knife and stabbed his father multiple times.

The father, a staff member of the local Tha Khuen tambon administration, was seriously injured and taken to a nearby hospital. The son is now facing an attempted murder charge. A day before the stabbing, the son was a patient at a drug treatment centre where he often had to be restrained due to his behaviour.

The father said he “was saddened every time he went to the centre and saw his son in torment”. He decided to bring his son back to the home on Tuesday.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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