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US pushing for delay to Thai ban on glyphosate in order to protect imports

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The US is urging Thailand to delay its forthcoming ban on glyphosate, saying it will have a significant impact on the country’s import of soybean, wheat, coffee, apples, grapes and other produce from the US and elsewhere, which totals around 51 billion baht annually.

The Nation reports that the US Agricultural Department made the request after Thailand announced a ban on paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos, in response to claims from lobbyists that the farm chemicals are toxic.

It’s understood that Ted McKinney from the US Agricultural Department has written to PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha and nine other ministers asking the Thai government to reconsider the ban on glyphosate.

Mr McKinney claims the decision was not based on scientific evidence and says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US hasn’t found any evidence that glyphosate is a threat to human health.

“The EPA’s findings are consistent with scientific reviews conducted by others including Japan, European Union, Australia and the Joint Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations/World Health Organisation Meeting on Pesticide Residues.”

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The US Embassy in Bangkok has also written to Industry Minister, Suriya Juangroongruangkit, expressing concern over the impact on Thai farmers and US exports to Thailand.

It estimates the cost to Thai farmers could be between 75 and 125 billion baht due to the expensive substitute products needed and if substitutes prove ineffective, manual labour would need to be employed to remove weeds, adding to the costs. These expenses, when added to the fallout from crop-yield losses, could lead to costs of up to 128 billion baht.

“Of the greatest concern to the US and other Thai agricultural trading partners is an immediate cessation of trade in soybeans, wheat, coffee, apples and grapes among other crops, with the disruption to trade that Thai imports worth as high as $1.7 billion (52 billion baht) annually.”

Suriya has called for the government to carry out a detailed study on the proposed substitutes due to the number of groups that will be affected by the ban.

SOURCE: nationthailand.com

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Thailand’s hospitals well equipped to handle Coronavirus patients

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Thailand was the first country outside of China to report novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on 13 January 2020. As of February 19, the number of confirmed cases remains at 35 – 15 of whom have recovered and been discharged, while the other 20 remain in hospital.

Thai officials have stated that the Kingdom is one of the most prepared countries in Asia in the event of an epidemic. The country is ranked second strongest in the region for its healthcare system, a system capable of treating the sick and protecting healthcare workers. The Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs also pointed out that the country is well-prepared to handle the coronavirus infection as they did successfully with the MERS and SARS epidemics. Following the coronavirus outbreak, Thailand has become a model for other countries for its measures to keep the coronavirus concealed and providing outstanding healthcare, despite its hesitation to block the arrival of new Chinese tourists.

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With more than 60 JCI accredited hospitals, Thailand is, indeed, ready to handle any emergency. Doctors and hospitals in the country are well-equipped to treat coronavirus patients. It is reported that Thai doctors have found a promising treatment for the virus. It is also worth pointing out, again, that 10 people in Thailand have recovered from the virus, the highest number of recoveries outside of China.

Bumrungrad International Hospital, the top hospital in Thailand according to MyMediTravel, reaffirm the trust of their visitors and patients by implementing the use of thermal imaging cameras at their entrance points. These thermal imaging cameras can quickly screen any individual for fever and are used for the safety of their patients, visitors, employees, as well as the wider community. Bumrungrad also ensures that their experts in managing the spread of infectious disease are able to help coronavirus patients.

Other prestigious hospitals, including Sikarin Hospital and Bangkok Hospital Bangkok, are armed with the latest medical technology as well as skilled experts to handle patients with coronavirus. Just like Bumrungrad International Hospital, these hospitals also installed body-temperature scanners at their entrance points. While people who have fevers in hospitals are very common, anyone whose temperature rises over 37.5 °C will be quarantined and tested for H1N1, influenza A & B, and RSV viruses. If the flu tests are negative, the patient will have a blood sample taken to be sent to the government science center to test for the coronavirus.

It is well worth noting that all hospitals across the country strictly follow the Ministry of Public Health’s protocols and they work hand in hand with Thailand DDC and other health organizations. The hospitals make sure that their surveillance standards and control measures are reviewed and updated constantly. With the knowledge and experience of their medical professionals in dealing and containing infectious diseases, Thailand’s hospitals implement the most meticulous safety measures possible and utilize the best medical equipment to help handle coronavirus patients. So stay strong Thailand!

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Thailand Medical Tourism, 2020: Reviewed

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Following on from our previous review of Thailand’s Medical Tourism Industry, we’ve seen the highs and lows across 2019 and now into 2020. The highs mostly focused on the value of the Thai Baht and the lows centered around the Coronavirus, with Thailand still welcoming Chinese tourists, weeks after most countries closed their borders to them. The impact can easily be seen with many medical tourists canceling their travel plans whilst the whole planet waits in anticipation to see what the real damage of this virus will be. Nonetheless, the interest is still there and the MyMediTravel team is busier than ever.

We’ve put together our analysis from a new sample of 1,000 English-speaking, non-Thai based customers and made some interesting discoveries.

It’s no surprise that the Aussies make up nearly a fifth of all arrivals, given its relative proximity to Thailand, but what is surprising is that Americans make up the largest group at 20% – the country with by far the biggest medical tourism market in the world! Our neighbor, Singapore, understandably provides 10% of arrivals – Thailand is much cheaper after all and a 1.5-hour long flight can cost as little as $76, return. It is worth noting that Chinese and other non-English speaking medical tourists have not been included in this survey, as they tend to travel with a local facilitator who can provide around the clock assistance.

Almost two-thirds opt for a medical facility in Bangkok, most likely due to the abundant supply of competing facilities who bring the prices down when compared to the other cities and regions. Heavily weighted in favor of females, no wonder given that the second most popular procedure is Breast Augmentation! But notice the ‘very-2020’ addition of a third gender, Trans. Gender is no longer a binary option, with 3% identifying themselves as neither male or female.

CoolSculpting, ever heard of it? Click the link for more information, but in a nutshell, it’s a non-invasive alternative to liposuction where the fat cells are frozen and slowly die off, with the body excreting them naturally over the following weeks. The procedure is ideal for those who have smaller more stubborn fat in areas like the ‘muffin top’ or the ‘love handles’. The rest of the top-10 procedures are mostly different types of cosmetic surgery with, of course, Gender Reassignment and also the Hair Transplant among them.

Finally, analyzing the popular facilities, we see the undisputed champion of Thai medical facilities, Bumrungrad at the top, with the Sikarin Hospital not far behind – offering almost as many procedures and services, but at a fraction of the cost. Bellamode, formally know as KTOP Clinic and Yanhee Hospital are fast gaining a reputation for being up with the best cosmetic surgery facilities in the region.

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Paying the price for beauty: Top treatments for women in Thailand

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As the thirst for plastic surgery in Thailand grows, this has led to many Thai females searching for alternative beauty solutions. In fact, Thai ladies are seeking better ways in order to achieve the ultimate look via cosmetic treatment. Now, who said beauty was only skin deep.

Thanks to an emerging market where overseas patients benefit from top-notch surgeons at a fraction of the price, Thai women are starting to see the benefits. With greater accessibility, cosmetic surgery is not purely for the wealthy. Thai girls working in numerous jobs in varied sectors are presently saving every baht for a cosmetic procedure.

“Thailand is undeniably a world leader in medical tourism. Over the last decade alone, the industry has generated more than $5 billion. Coupled with affordable healthcare in modernized hotel-style hospitals, Thai women are seizing the opportunity to go under the knife in pursuit of a better version of themselves” says Paulie Webster of MyMediTravel.

Thai women are looking to achieve a cuter or more alluring look based on their current visage. Consequently, over the next few years, the trend points towards increasing demand for eyelid surgery, facial contouring, and rhinoplasty procedures.

As far as the latter is concerned, nose jobs have been gaining in popularity. Due to the shortage of a western-style bridge, Thai women are becoming more and more aware of this specific feature and looking for ways to enhance their appearance.

Meanwhile, breast augmentation procedures in Thailandhave never been so popular with Thai women. Boob jobs are considered to be one of the most common procedures as Thai women’s figures and breast shape tend to be slightly flatter. In addition, a yearning to become more Westernized in terms of a fuller breast shape has seen many women look to one of the 60-plus JCI-accredited hospitals across the country.

And with recovery time taking less than four to six weeks, it is no wonder Thai ladies are penning these procedures into their diaries. However, one of the most en vogue treatments Thai women are favoring at the moment is Asian Double Eyelid Surgery, also known as the Blepharoplasty.

Following the latest fashion craze, this new beauty standard, hugely popular in South Korea, has dramatically changed the cosmetic landscape. Bigger double-lidded eyes are most certainly in along with a narrower face, smaller chin, and paler skin. These qualities have now seen a recent upsurge in Thai females wanting to appear like their South Korean counterparts. Many will stop at nothing in order to achieve the ultimate double eyelid via surgical methods.

Supporting evidence also suggests that the number of double eyelid ops is becoming even more appealing. Figures from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reveal that double eyelid treatments are currently in the top 5 most carried out global procedures. Making the eye area richer and fuller, there has been in excess of 1.5 million procedures undertaken in the last two years alone which is set to rise in South East Asia.

Paying the price for beauty: Top treatments for women in Thailand | News by The Thaiger

Post-surgery, Vietnamese girl, Tran Vu Van Anh, was unrecognizable to even her family. But she has no regrets.

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