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PHUKET: Two of Phuket’s major international hospitals will be providing discount breast and cervical cancer screening packages throughout August.

Urairat Atiset, president of the Phuket chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s Association (BPW) of Thailand, today announced that Bangkok Hospital Phuket (BHP) and Phuket International Hospital (PIH) will be offering the breast and cervical cancer examinations for 3,000 baht.

The cancer awareness campaign is being held in honor of HM Queen Sirikit’s birthday on August 12 and Thai Women’s Day on August 1, she explained.

The normal prices for the combined examinations are 5,200 baht at BHP and 4,100 baht at PIH.

At a press conference today to promote the campaign, BHP Deputy Director Dr Bodin La-ied said the hospital now has the latest digital mammogram technology available.

“It is a fast and highly accurate machine. We conduct an average of 100 exams a month and of those about five require surgery for breast cancer,” he said.

Dr Bodin was also confident in the hospital’s method of detecting cervical cancer: a pap test developed by ThinPrep that he described as the “most accurate method in the world”.

“Each year we find about 300 cases of early-stage cervical cancer, and there is a 100 per cent cure rate for such cases.

“I think Phuket residents are very conscious of their health and regularly get checkups – especially for breast and cervical cancer,” he said.

Dr Attawut Chuathong, a surgical oncology specialist at BHP, said that according to Ministry of Public Health information from 2009, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Thailand.

“It’s fortunate that we have screening tests to detect cancer in the early stages. However, right now we still don’t know the actual cause of breast cancer.

“What we do know is that according to National Cancer Institute statistics from 2000, breast cancer starts to appear in women aged about 35 to 40. We suggest every woman over the age of 40 is screened each year,” he said.

Dr Manop Janthanaphan, an obstetrician and gynecologist at PIH, said that cervical cancer is usually caused by a viral infection, mainly from sexual intercourse.

“I suggest any woman to have a screening done after three years of having sexual intercourse for the first time. After that, they should go for a screening every year until they are 70 years old,” he explained.

Dr Manop, who also screens patients at Vachira Phuket Hospital, said:

“We find about one new case per week in the early stages of cervical cancer. I think awareness about screening tests nowadays is getting better in Phuket.

“People have paid more attention to their health, so we can treat them better and possibly cure them – sometimes before it develops into cervical cancer,” he said.

“Cervical cancer used to be the number-one cancer found in women, but now it has become number two. The number of patients is decreasing because of government support, awarenes,s and the introduction of vaccines in the past three to four years,” he added.

Anyone – Thai or non-Thai – interested in the examination can request coupons at PIH (T: 076-249400), BHP (T: 1719) or the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (T: 076-212297).

— Janpen Upatising

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Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation opens Humane Education Centre at Mai Khao shelter

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The Soi Dog Foundation has officially opened its Humane Education Centre, the first of its kind in Thailand dedicated to the welfare of stray animals. The centre, located at the Soi Dog shelter in northern Phuket, forms part of the foundation’s Humane Education program. Rolled out in 2017, the program sees a team visit Thai schools to teach the next generation the basic principles of animal welfare and promote empathetic attitudes towards both owned pets and free-roaming strays.

The program has reached a total of 15,058 students and 861 teachers to date. With a dedicated classroom as well as educational tools and resources now on site at the shelter, Soi Dog will be able to expand the programme and reach an even greater number of young minds.

Co-founder and president of Soi Dog Foundation International John Dalley said, “The cornerstones of what we do – what I believe very firmly are the answers to the stray dog problem throughout Asia – are large-scale sterilisation of stray dogs and cats and education of, particularly, the next generation.

“We see all the time the problems that are being caused through us not respecting the environment and not respecting the other animals with whom we share this planet. That’s why education is so important.”

John also thanked the supporters and donors who made the construction of the centre possible. After cutting the ribbon, the students filed into the brand-new facility for the very first on-site class – a fun and interactive hour of roleplaying, brainstorming and problem solving.

Humane Education Manager Nuttawut “Film” Kumngern. said… “We want to encourage kindness toward animals, especially free-roaming dogs and cats, and teach youngsters to be responsible pet owners. This will sustainably reduce animal cruelty and pet abandonment.”

“We hope to one day see animal welfare incorporated into the curriculum in Thai schools, and our education centre is a great start.”

Soi Dog is ready to welcome school groups from Phuket and other provinces to the centre which can accommodate up to 40 students at any one time. Schools interested in participating are encouraged to email film@soidog.org

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Police have yet to investigate illegal hiring of foreign teachers at international school in Phuket

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Chalong police in Phuket say they have yet to start investigating the illegal hiring of foreign teachers at an international school in Rawai, south of the island. Palm House International School allegedly hired foreign teachers illegally in which 2 were arrested by Phuket Immigration police on November 4.

Somkiet Sarasin, the leading investigator of the case, says the 2 Brits were informed that police were processing a charge of working illegally in the country against them, in which both denied the charges. Somkiet says the 2 were released on bail, but did not confirm the amount of bail that was set by the police.

“They are still staying in Thailand. I am not worried. I have their passports. I am not available to explain [any details] because the investigation is still ongoing.”

“This is normal for an investigation when the suspects deny the charge against them. I have to check more information against their claims. This case will probably be concluded next month.”

However, the investigation has yet to begin, with Somkiet saying he has not even questioned the owner of the school, despite his claims the case would be finished next month.

“The investigation into the school will take time. The investigation into the two British people must be finished first.”

Such allegations of foreign teachers working illegally have recently been in the news after Sarasas Witaed Sainoi Pitiyakarn School, in the central province of Nonthaburi, saw 7 foreign teachers probed for being hired illegally. That school, along with others in its private network, made nationwide news after CCTV caught a Thai teacher hitting, pushing and dragging a young student in the classroom. Such widespread violence against students has long been a sad component of many Thai schools, in which some of the teachers are unqualified and unlicensed to teach, but are hired anyway.

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Phuket sees 300 million baht boost over long holiday weekend

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand says that Phuket has received a much-needed 300 million baht boost over the 4 day long weekend with around 54,000 tourists flocking to the island from last Thursday through to yesterday.

Phuket Office Director Nanthasiri Ronnasiri, reports that the average expenditure per visitor was about 5,500 baht, which was higher than the average spend for a Thai tourist to Phuket 2 years ago. She also noted that random checks on hotels showed that occupancy rates climbed to about 35%, with most guests staying 2 nights. But most of Phuket’s hotels remain closed.

Nanthasiri also says that many of the tourists concentrated themselves in the Phuket Old Town area, especially around Thalang Road, Phang Nga Road, and Dibuk Road in order to enjoy at the Sino-Portuguese shophouse architecture and historical locations. In fact much of Phuket Town, including its many markets and alley eateries, were doing roaring business, The Thaiger can vouch for the heavy traffic, on the roads and footpaths, over the past 4 days.

“This special holiday made Phuket tourism livelier, even though it was not as same as the situation before the Covid-19 pandemic.”

In fact, despite the welcome surge of visitors, it was still a long, long way from its previous tourist levels with much of the west coast, which has largely catered for the international tourist traffic, was still very quiet in places like Patong, Kata and Karon.

Phuket wasnt the only destination that has profited off of the long weekend as Chiang Mai saw droves of Thai tourists visiting its Royal Park Rajapruek as well as the northern city’s other nearby national parks and tourist areas. Visitors came from all over to see the blossoming of flowers in a beautiful display at the park as well as enjoying the air-purifying flowers as they relaxed. Tourists were able to rent a bicycle for 60 baht if they wanted to exercise while taking in the scenery and could also pay a visit to the orchid greenhouse, which hosts a variety of orchids in bloom. TripAdvisor recommends to set aside 2 hours to visit the park.

Next holiday weekend, on November 27 and 28, Pattaya is expected to get a tourism boost as its annual fireworks festivalis set to bring in travellers who have taken advantage of package deals offered by some beachside hotels. Such packages were offered for advance bookings, where holidaymakers could view the firework shows on the rooftops of their hotels. The firework displays are said to be long with breaks of entertainment-packed shows, featuring live music and student bands amongst others.

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