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WHO praises Thailand for tackling bug

WHO praises Thailand for tackling bug

THAILAND: The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday (Dec 17) praised Thailand’s unity as being the key to success in surviving the COVID-19 pandemic at its peak early this year, while Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul vowed the war against the new coronavirus was not yet over.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 18 December 2020, 08:28AM


The success story from Thailand would be included into the WHO’s manual for building national health security in other parts of the world. Photo: AFP.

The success story from Thailand would be included into the WHO’s manual for building national health security in other parts of the world. Photo: AFP.

The unity of all public and social sectors in Thailand and its intensive and extensive health and social measures enabled the country to succeed in the fight to contain the spread of COVID-19, said WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus yesterday.

He was speaking at an online address to a national health assembly meeting held by the National Health Commission Office (NHCO).

Thailand’s health assembly is a powerful example of how important decisions could be made at the national level with public participation being ensured and public trust generated, the WHO chief said.

This kind of trust is crucial in a crisis, he said, adding the success story from Thailand would be included into the WHO’s manual for building national health security in other parts of the world.

While waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine and acknowledging the war against the new virus isn’t over yet, health measures including social distancing were considered to be a highly effective “social vaccine” against COVID-19, Mr Anutin said.

While more than 73 million people worldwide were infected with the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, only 4,200 infections were recorded in Thailand, the minister said.

And since Oct 1, only 18 local infections of COVID-19 have been recorded in the country while about a thousand others were imported cases, he said.

This success in containing the COVID-19 pandemic came despite the fact that Thailand was feared to become the second largest COVID-19 hotspot after China, he said.

This success same from the ability of doctors, nurses, health care workers, local organisations, the private sector and all Thais, he said.

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DeKaaskopp | 22 December 2020 - 09:48:45

Ok, to make it as simple as it get for the old-timer to understand :  YES !  

Foot | 21 December 2020 - 14:36:55

@Dek-Actually you never answered.  I see no simple "Yes" or "No".  It does appear that you do not understand English very well.
By the way - have you noticed the current wave of warnings about COVID?  It seems the silence could only be maintained for so long and now the S is hitting the fan.
My age?  LOL  Try posting after you finish high school.

DeKaaskopp | 20 December 2020 - 15:01:12

@Foot Either you are a bit slow because of your age or you are slow in general. I gave you the answer already !
@Tralala   Why don't you read the news ! You can find the answer there !
@Kurt   "wet finger work"  Another senseless idiom .

LALALA | 20 December 2020 - 10:01:19

Yes, good old DEK, the leader of the lunatic fraction on PN. Wonder what he now will say to the 500 cases reported southwest of BKK yesterday. They surely came out of nowhere. LOL.

Foot | 19 December 2020 - 14:45:10

@DeKaaskopp.  well, you got me, DeK.  66 million in Thailand.  So, let's say only 1% get infected (not dead), that would still be 660,000, while 4,200 is the reported number.
DeK, I'm just asking if that number is close to reality.
While I was wrong on total population, these percentages are realistic.
So, I'll ask you again: Do you believe the Thai numbers to be accurate?  Yes?  No...

Kurt | 19 December 2020 - 14:09:08

WHO obeys the principle that publicly one catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, and stroke the heads of Thai Officialdom. Below the surface they will poke Thailand. They have too.

Kurt | 19 December 2020 - 11:57:33

Another 'comment put down' of khun D.
He should know that population registration in Thailand is 'wet finger work'.
Even on Phuket Island alone the Phuket Government can not tell you how many Thai live here. Registration is very up to the Thai person. ( no registration laws or just ignorance?) Government only knows the number of foreigners on the island.

DeKaaskopp | 19 December 2020 - 10:25:05

@Jor12    You absolutely nailed it ! What to think about a poster and his comment  if he can't even give the correct number of Thailands  population etc. ? The answer in Foot's case is easy.Not to be taken serious !

DeKaaskopp | 19 December 2020 - 10:15:24

@Foot  There is no reason for me to believe that those figures are completely made up.If you have any proof of the contrary bring them up or shut up !
@Timy    The experts on anything and everything are obviously those who doubt those numbers ! As always without proof and even with completely wrong figures ."Attacking" as you call it is a legitimate reaction on posted nonsense.

Timothy | 19 December 2020 - 08:36:35

Good old Dek as an expert on anything and everything ( in his own mind) once again attacking anyone who makes a comment or shares an opinion about an article. 

Jor12 | 19 December 2020 - 08:03:29

dek...also, if his population figures are wrong and his percentage of infections is wrong, the rest of comments are wrong too. If he's a Doctor he is not a very good one. 

Foot | 18 December 2020 - 21:56:54

@DeKaaskopp.  Just one question for you "De."
Do you believe the Thai numbers to be accurate?  Yes?  No?

DeKaaskopp | 18 December 2020 - 17:55:22

Good old Foot of course as an absolute expert on that field knows the real figures.Not sure why every country in the world must have the same percentage of infections, but I'm sure he can give an answer. Maybe he knows why Vietnam has an even lower percentage too .

Foot | 18 December 2020 - 13:13:01

If the WHO believes there were only 4,200 infections out of 79,000,000 (1%), when the rest of the world is over 5%, demonstrates how little the WHO is aware of what is actually happening.

 

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