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PHUKET: Safety on the roads and waterways in and around Phuket is a “top priority” for the high season, Phuket Governor Chokchai Dejamornthan has declared, as is customary at provincial hall this time of year.

In a meeting with police, disaster prevention officials and public health department heads on December 7, Governor Chokchai set a target of less than 50 deaths in the province for next year, starting by implementing ‘strict safety measures’ on land and sea before the end of the year.

Reducing road accidents is a priority, said the governor, adding that there were many factors to take into account, but drunk driving was the most common cause of road deaths and so a province-wide anti-drunk-driving ‘campaign’ would be launched ahead of the festive season.

Gov Chokchai also recited the decades old call for a ‘renewed effort’ to make all motorcyclists wear crash helmets when on the roads.

According to the latest statistics from the provincial health department, 114 people were killed in accidents in Phuket between January and October this year; 80 per cent of them motorcycle collisions and 84 per cent of the victims male.

Most motorcycle accident victims were men aged 21-25 years old and were killed between midnight and 3am. At least 80 per cent of those victims were not wearing crash helmets, the report stated.

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Teerapol Thipjaroen said that the usual police ‘checkpoints’ would be set up across the province to check motorists for drunk driving and speeding during the early hours.

“It will be hard to control the number of accidents, but with co-operation from all departments to ensure that motorcyclists wear their helmets and don’t drink alcohol before driving, there could be ‘some measure’ of success in reducing road deaths,” said Gen Teerapol.

Marine safety is also said to be high on the agenda for the influx of foreign tourists during the year-end high season.

The Phuket Lifeguard Club and Patong Municipality teamed up with the International Life Saving (ILS) Federation and the Australian Lifeguard Service to stage an international beach safety summit on December 10, involving life saving specialists from 12 nations: Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India.

About 250 people took part in the Phuket Surf Life Saving Competition 2016 held at Patong Beach, which was jointly organized by ILS head Norman Farmer; Australian Lifeguard Service head for the Asia Pacific region, David Field; and the Phuket Lifeguard Club (PLC).

The participants practiced rescue skills and were graded in swimming, running and board rescue contests.

PLC President Prathaiyuth Chuayuan said the day of activities was a significant step towards improving safety for swimmers at Phuket’s popular tourist beaches.

“Swimmer safety is our priority and so improving our life-saving knowledge and skills is a paramount,” said the PLC president. “The participants benefited greatly from the workshop, which has brought us up to international standards as well as building strong ties between the 12 nations involved.”

Phuket Marine Chief Surat Sirisaiyas confirmed that his department was also going into high-gear for the high season to keep a closer eye on marine safety and called for co-operation from boat and tour operators to ensure against accidents.

“We will be strictly enforcing laws governing marine safety, including speed restrictions and preventing boats from entering restricted areas. If everyone obeys the laws, accidents can be dramatically reduced,” he said.

Additional reporting by Kongleaphy Keam.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Phuket is set to get its own version of the popular game MONOPOLY and its creators want your help with ideas for the specialised tokens. ‘MONOPOLY: Phuket Edition’ was announced last month which will see the street art on the board game replaced with that of famous places around Thailand’s famous tourist destination. Such art will include beaches, hotels, shops, markets and other popular attractions.

Jennifer Lau from Winning Moves UK, is producing the game under official license from Monopoly brand owners, Hasbro. Lau says the tokens will feature a holiday theme. The token’s departure from the original theme of wheelbarrows, boots, iron, and thimbles as well as popular sports cars and hats.

“We have had a wealth of emails and suggestions coming in for Phuket, so thank you for each and every single one of them! We are taking them all into consideration whilst putting together the design of the game.”

“We wanted to change the tokens so that they would be more suitable for an island like Phuket, where so many people like to go on holiday to.”

“There will be six themed tokens that replace the original and we want to hear your suggestions for what these tokens should be!”

Bangkok has already been featured in the Monopoly game as it came out for purchase back in 2018.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket is rehearsing procedures to ready themselves for the Covid‐19 vaccine administration green light. A rehearsal at Vachira Hospital’s Lan Muang Khao open area was held late yesterday to iron out any kinks in the administration process. Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong watched over the procedures along with other health officials.

Pichet says the first vaccine round of 4,000 doses should arrive early in March, with the 2nd and 3rd set of doses, 16,000 and 48,000 respectively, to arrive in April and May.

“The government recognises the importance of the affected areas of the economy where the epidemic situation of COVID-19 must be stopped and has allocated the COVID-19 vaccine to Phuket Province to build herd immunity, restore the economy, return a smile to Thailand.”

“We are preparing to COVID-19 mass vaccination to build confidence among the people that they will receive a quality, safe vaccine and to receive follow-up care after it has been administered.”

Pichet says Phuket’s first target groups to receive the vaccine include medical and public health personnel, with others on the frontlines to come next.

Then, workers aged 18-59 years old, people with underlying diseases including chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity will follow.

“People with severe neurological conditions and pregnant women should be wary of taking the vaccine, as well as women who are breastfeeding and people with immunodeficiency.”

The procedure to get vaccinated starts by recipients undergoing screening by having their temperatures taken, and then sanitising their hands before entering the administration area. Then, they will move their way through a series of steps, detailed below:

Step 1: Register

Step 2: Record weight and blood pressure

Step 3: Pass the screening process by have their medical history and risk assessment recorded and then signing a consent to receive the vaccine

Step 4: Wait for vaccination

Step 5: Vaccination

Step 6: Rest for 30 minutes, while being observed for symptoms. Then scan the official Line account “หมอพร้อม” (“Doctor Ready”)

Step 7: Pass a final check before receiving a document confirming vaccination

Pichet says health workers will follow up with vaccine recipients after 1,7, and 30 days from being vaccinated to monitor any adverse reactions.

Those who are set to receive their second jab will have appointments made for them. Those who receive the Sinovac vaccine will be scheduled to have their second doses 2 to 4 weeks after the first. AstraZeneca vaccine receivers will be scheduled for their second doses 10 to 12 weeks after the first.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket police officer charged with attempted murder for shooting and critically injuring a noodle vendor

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The drunk, off-duty police officer in Phuket who has caught on camera shooting and beating a noodle vendor on Bangla Road is now facing attempted murder charges as well as charges of carrying a firearm in public without a necessary reason and firing a weapon in a public area. The commander of the Phuket police station said he ordered investigators to prosecute the officer Pornthep Channarong with every criminal charge that can be applied.

The officer had gotten into an altercation just before dawn yesterday and shot a young vendor who was walking by. Surveillance camera footage show the 25 year old suddenly falling to the ground after being shot. The officer walks up and shoots the vendor at a close range, but it appears the second shot did not hit the vendor. The officer also slapped the vendor in the face, picked him up and shoved him over, and then kicked him as he lay on the ground.

The vendor has a 4 year old daughter and 3 month old son. His wife says normally he works as a motorbike driver, but he was helping his mother selling noodles. He was shot while he was walking back from collecting a noodle bowl, she says. The vendor is in critical condition and being cared for at Vachira Phuket Hospital’s intensive care unit. He’s in need of Type B blood.

“For his condition, the doctor told me that the bullet went through his lung. He lost a lot of blood. We need a lot of Type B blood for him.”

A disciplinary investigation into the incident was launched by police and Pornthep was officially dismissed from the Royal Thai Police force. Region 8 Police Commander Kitrat Panpetch says the incident does not reflect the police force in Phuket.

“The incident was caused by an officer who did something wrong that our organisation does not want. We are a big organisation with more than 200,000 officers under our control. Our officers are not all bad like this.”

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pornsak Nuannu says he has reminded the police chiefs across the island to discuss reasons for carrying firearms in public.

“Carrying firearms is to prevent any type of crime that may happen, not to commit a crime by themselves like this incident. If I see any police doing such a thing, I will decisively proceed in terms of both officer discipline and criminal charges.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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