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News: Chikungkunya measures in Phuket & comments by Dep. Medical Chief

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Published on May 24, 2009

Villagers in Thalang requested that their community and homes are sprayed to prevent the Chikungunya virus carried by mosquitoes while the Phuket Public Health Office set up a war room to deal with the problem.




Suriya Lom-wong-paiboon, a resident in Pa-krong-cheep of Thalang district showed a red spot on her arm after she recovered from Chikungunya fever. She said four of her family members had contracted the fever leading them to worry that the virus will spread in the village. It is the same for Julie Pirat from another family of the same village who just recovered from the fever and is concerned that the fever will spread to others as they live in a big family, with elders and children. Both called for the health office to educate people about preventive measures. They also requested the authority to have the spray to prevent mosquitoes as they are carriers for the mosquito borne virus.
Meanwhile on Friday, the Phuket public health office announced a set up of a war room to handle and keep surveillances and control of the H1N1 virus and the Chikungunya fever. Representatives from local governments, hospitals, private or public, health officials and volunteers, attended the meeting chaired by the Provincial Chief Medical Doctor Pongsawas Ratanasang. They laid out guidelines to educate people using extensive media and volunteers. War room personnel are having meetings every Monday and Thursday to update the situation. A Big Cleaning Day activity will also be arranged in communities to keep clean and clear of sources of mosquitoes.
Following the situation, the Kathu Municipality arranged sprays at schools and community. The Mayor Chaianan Suttikul led health officials and volunteers to educate students about the disease at Ban Kathu School. He said at least five Chikungunya cases were reported in the Kathu Municipality. The municipality has been surveying and eradicating sources of mosquitoes covering all 16 communities to actively prevent people from contracting such fevers.
Dr Wiwat Sritamanote, the provincial Deputy Medical Chief, earlier talked to Andaman News about Chikungunya in Phuket and gave guidelines how to keep away from both viruses:
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Andaman News NBT TV (VHF dial) at 8.30am & perhaps repeats on Phuket Cable TV channel 1 at 3.30pm, 7pm & 1am, broadcast to Phang Nga, Krabi & Phuket provinces & Mazz Radio FM108 at 7pm in Phuket, Monday 25 May 2009 & http://thainews.prd.go.th/newsenglish/ & www.YouTube.com/AndamanNews Send comments to AndamanNews@yahoo.com

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