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Ministry looks into Cambodia kidney scandal
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PHUKET: The Thai Public Health Ministry is looking into a report published in The Cambodia Daily about a Cambodian woman allegedly running an organ-transplant racket in which she reportedly persuades people to sell their kidney to patients in Thailand.

Dr Thares Karasnairaviwong, deputy director general of the Department of Health Service Support, said his office was cross-checking information about kidney transplants with the 26 hospitals that are allowed to conduct organ transplants. These hospitals are registered with the Thai Red Cross Society’s Organ Donation Centre.

Initial inquiries with a private hospital mentioned in the report did not uncover the names of any patients requiring a kidney transplant, Thares said.

Thares said his office would seek assistance from the Anti-Human Trafficking Police Division and the Thai Foreign Ministry to help cross-check the name list with Cambodia. If the allegations are found to be true, the authorities would have to see if the kidney donations followed the requirements set by the Medical Council, he added.

Thares’s comment came after he discussed the matter with the Organ Donation Centre, the Medical Council of Thailand and the Consumer Protection Police Division yesterday.

Department of Health Service Support director general Dr Boonreung Trireungwarawat said kidney-transplant surgery was not easy and doctors had to adhere to many conditions and laws. He added that doctors can only perform transplant surgery at an authorised medical facility and the kidney donor can only be a blood relative or a spouse of over three years.

The Cambodia Daily reported on July 3 that Yem Azisah, 29, who goes by the name Sinuon, has been arrested as has her stepfather, Nhem Phalla, 40, who is believed to have helped her acquire fake identities for the kidney donors.

The two have been charged with human trafficking and fraud. Srinuon allegedly preyed on the desperate, brokering the price of the organ between the patient and seller for a commission.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

 

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Thailand has exported 14% more durian to China in this year’s first quarter over the same period last year. The Trade Negotiations Department Director General says Thai durian auctions in the first quarter secured 186 million, making up 88% of the total amount of Thai durian exports to world markets.

Last year, Thailand exported US1.5 billion worth of durian to China, a 78% increase from 2019. China’s share accounted for 73% of total Thai durian exports to world markets. 18 countries have free trade agreements for fruit with Thailand. Thailand is actively exporting fresh fruit with its top buyers being Australia, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore. The most popular fruits are the national delicacy of durian, along with mango, mangosteen and longan.

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Following the Covid-19 outbreak at the Khlong Toey slum neighbourhood in Bangkok, there have been more than 1,000 slum communities have been identified as having similar living conditions as the Khlong Toey slum, and are now communities at high risk advised to be under watch to prevent another outbreak.

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Out of the slums pointed out by the institute, more than 200 residents in the 260 communities have tested positive for Covid-19, according to the institute’s deputy director Panthip Petchmak. 700 more people were ordered to quarantine due to close contact with an infected person.

But stay at home orders are a problem for many as starvation is more frightening than the virus and 90% of residents in the slum communities still need to leave for work each day to keep food on the table. The daily average income for those in the slums is around 120 to 150 baht.

The institute is now working with community-level organisations to provide food, water, and supplements to those in poor neighbourhoods in an effort to keep people at home, preventing the spread of Covid-19.

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