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The ASEAN region is the most vulnerable to the threat of potentially-fatal dengue fever, according to the World Health Organisation.

Last year, more than 425,000 people in ASEAN nations came down with the disease, the highest number of any region in the world.

ASEAN nations have stood united in their initiatives against dengue fever and for eight years now, June 15 has been observed across the region as ASEAN Dengue Day.

To mark the occasion and heighten dengue awareness, representatives attended two days of regional activities in Singapore to double down on efforts to prevent the spread of the disease. Next month, they will also meet in Malaysia to follow up on their work.

“We are a tropical region, hence the weather conditions are conducive for the breeding of mosquitoes, the carrier of the disease,” Public Health Ministry inspector-general Dr Suthep Petchmark said during a visit to Prachin Buri province to mark ASEAN Dengue Day 2018.

The World Health Organisation has noted that many Southeast Asian nations are highly vulnerable to dengue transmissions. Based on statistics between 2004 and 2010, five ASEAN members have ranked themselves among the 10 most highly endemic nations. The five are: Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia.

To combat the threat of the disease, ASEAN has been campaigning under the theme “One ASEAN Community against Dengue” this year to encourage all involved to eradicate the breeding grounds of mosquitoes and do more to prevent the disease spreading.

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In Thailand, the Disease Control Department has diligently educated people about dengue fever and its prevention.

This year, dengue fever has already hit 17,302 people in Thailand and caused 21 deaths. Of the fatalities, 14 were patients older than 15 years old and had underlying illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

The incidence of dengue fever is usually highest between May and August, which mark the rainy season.

Preecha Prempree, who heads the Vector Borne Diseases Office, said yesterday he was worried that dengue-fever cases in Thailand would increase this year because the rainy season had started earlier than usual.

“In addition, public alertness to the dangers of mosquitoes has weakened,” he said.

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When popular actor Tridsadee “Por” Sahawong died of dengue haemorrhagic fever in 2016, the Thai public became acutely aware of the disease and its danger. So when Zika arose soon after, efforts to eradicate mosquitoes – also main carriers of Zika – were stepped up.

According to Suthep, campaigns against dengue fever will not be restricted to just schools and households. Factories are in focus too.

“We are encouraging entrepreneurs to keep their compounds mosquito-free and advise their workers to immediately see doctors if they have high fever for two days. If members of the workforce fall ill, it can affect factory operations and the country’s economy too,” Suthep said.

Preecha said campaigning was a key part of efforts to combat the dengue threat in ASEAN.

“The upcoming ASEAN meeting in Malaysia will definitely discuss vector control. It’s an effective way to rein in the spread of the disease,” he said.

SOURCES: The Nation



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Phuket’s lifeguards say goodbye to a champion of local beach safety

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PHOTOS: Phuket Lifeguard Service

A commemoration ceremony has been held for Prathaiyuth Chuayuan, a local Phuketian who helped drive Phuket’s first beach lifeguard services. He passed away on Friday morning after a heart attack.

He first experienced chest pains whilst delivering his daughter to school in Phuket Town on Friday morning, drove himself immediately to the Vachira Hospital nearby but succumbed to cardiac arrest around 9am.

He was 57 years old.

He worked with Australian lifesavers to help train local lifeguards and improve the skills of the Phuket’s beach enthusiasts, and finally sought international accreditation for the growing body of competent Phuket lifeguards.

The Phuket Lifeguards Service, founded and run by Prathaiyuth and his wife Witanya, saved innumerable lives each year whilst battling Provincial Hall and local government for increased funding in annual contract negotiations.

Daren Jenner, a FOT (Friend of The Thaiger) and local safety officer for the International Surf Lifesaving Association, sent a message to us expressing his deepest condolences to Prathaiyuth’s wife, family and friends.

“I had many good conversations with him over the years. He was a good-hearted man who did his best in difficult and changing circumstances. A very big loss for Phuket and the lifesaving community here. ISLA sends our deepest respect for his long commitment to ocean safety in SE Asia.”

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Bangkok to Hong Kong the world’s second most popular flight, what’s the most popular?

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The world’s top five flying routes are all in the Asia Pacific region, according to an International Air Transport Association (IATA) report. Aviation writers say the growth can be attributed to the addition of flights operated by low-cost carriers in the region.

Passenger traffic between Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) and Hong Kong airport is Number Two on the list of the airports with the world’s busiest air traffic. The trip between Hong Kong and Taipei Taoyuan, Taiwan, is the most popular route in the world carrying 5.4 million passengers per year.

Passenger traffic between Suvarnabhumi and Hong Kong reached 3.4 million in 2018, up 9% from 2017.

The report of IATA world airline traffic for 2018 also shows that airlines in the Asia Pacific carried the largest number of passengers in the world.

Global passenger traffic results for 2018 showed that demand rose by a healthy 6.5% compared to full-year 2017. Although this represented a slowdown compared to the 2017 annual growth of 8.0%, it was another year of above-trend growth. Full year 2018 capacity climbed 6.1%, and load factor edged up 0.3 percentage point to a record 81.9%, exceeding the previous high set in 2017.

“Airlines are connecting more people and places than ever before. The freedom to fly is more accessible than ever. And our world is a more prosperous place as a result,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA director-general and CEO.

In terms of pure numbers of flights for 2018, here are the results. Eight out of ten of the routes are all in the Asia-Pacific.

  1. Kuala Lumpur – Singapore: 30,187 flights
  2. Hong Kong – Taipei: 28,447 flights
  3. Jakarta – Singapore: 27,046 flights
  4. Hong Kong – Shanghai: 20,678 flights
  5. Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur: 19,741 flights
  6. Seoul Incheon – Osaka: 19,711 flights
  7. New York LaGuardia – Toronto: 17,038 flights
  8. Hong Kong – Seoul Incheon: 15,770 flights
  9. Bangkok – Singapore: 14,698 flights
  10. Dubai – Kuwait: 14,581 flights
  11. Bangkok – Hong Kong: 14,556 flights
  12. Hong Kong – Beijing: 14,537 flights
  13. New York JFK – London Heathrow: 14,195 flights
  14. Tokyo Narita – Taipei: 13,902 flights
  15. Dublin – London Heathrow: 13,855 flights
  16. Osaka – Shanghai: 13,708 flights
  17. Hong Kong – Singapore: 13,654 flights
  18. Chicago O’Hare – Toronto: 13,503 flights
  19. Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita: 13,517 flights
  20. Osaka – Taipei: 13,325 flights
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Mandatory health insurance details for some visas announced this week

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Details on the proposed mandatory health insurance requirements for Non-Immigrant O-A visas will be made next week, according to ThaiVisa.

A senior executive from one of the insurance companies involved in the scheme told ThaiVisa that the Office of Insurance Commission, Ministry of Public Health, Foreign Ministry and Immigration Bureau will announce the insurance requirements for Non-Immigrant O-A visas on August 22.

Last May it was proposed that foreigners applying for Non-Immigrant O-A visas would be required to have health insurance that offers 40,000 baht outpatient coverage and 400,000 baht inpatient coverage. The details, along with other information, is expected to be confirmed this week.

Officials say the mandatory health insurance requirement was proposed to help Thailand cope with the large number of unpaid medical bills from foreigners who use Thai hospitals.

The mandatory health insurance requirement has only been proposed for Non-Immigrant O-A visas and not for other visas or extensions of stay.

SOURCE: ThaiVisa

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