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Toxic Times: Public alerted to dangers of chemical fumes

Thailand’s health authority is warning members of the public about the dangers of toxic fumes following chemical blazes in Rayong and Ayutthaya in recent weeks. Dr Attapon Kaewsamrit, deputy director-general…

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Cholnan denies divisions exist within health ministry

Recently replaced health minister, Dr Cholnan Srikaew, has described as groundless reports that he lost the position in the recent cabinet reshuffle because he failed to control senior ministry officials….

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Government to encourage couples to have children as birth rate declines

As the birth rate steadily declines to lower than the death rate, the Pheu Thai-led government is to add increasing the birth rate to the national agenda in March, said…

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“30-baht Plus” health care scheme to start in eight more provinces in March

The “30-baht Plus” health care scheme, under which only an ID card is needed to get access to medical care at state hospitals, private hospitals, clinics and pharmacies which join…

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Public Health minister defends appointing his spouse as advisor

Public Health minister Dr Cholnan Srikaew has defended his decision to appoint his wife, Dr Nuansakul Bamrungpong, as one of his advisors, insisting she has long experience in public health…

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Health ministry considers dentistry courses at state hospitals

Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Opart Karnkawinpong has proposed the use of state hospitals to produce more dentists, to address the current shortage at state hospitals. More than half of…

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Water near fireworks explosion in Narathiwat contaminated

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry has warned against the use of water in the area around the fireworks warehouse explosion, in Sungai-Kolok district of Narathiwat province, after it was found to…

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Police and medics inspect cannabis outlets in Bangkok

A store selling cannabis and the plant extracts in Bangkok was found to have broken the law, by allowing customers to smoke cannabis on the premises, during an inspection by…

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Health minister confident COVID infections over New Year are controllable

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is confident that COVID-19 infections during the New Year celebrations will be kept under control, as the Public Health Ministry is fully equipped with…

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Thai court asked to suspend cannabis decriminalisation edict

Opposition parties and the Forensic Physician Association of Thailand (FPAT) have asked the Administrative Court to issue an injunction to halt the decriminalisation of cannabis and hemp. After submission of…

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Is Thailand’s booster program losing race against fast-mutating COVID?

Thanks to constant mutations, the COVID-19 virus is still several steps ahead of vaccine developers. While researchers have managed to develop vaccines that are effective against the original strain of…

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Thailand’s birth rate falling over past five years

The birth rate in Thailand has been steadily falling over the past 5 years, so the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has discussed, with various organisations, the creation of a…

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Pfizer vaccine: shot in the arm for Thailand’s medics comes with a dose of controversy

Thais are closely monitoring the distribution of US-donated Pfizer jabs amid widespread concern that so-called VVIPs will snatch the highly effective mRNA vaccine away from its rightful recipients. On Monday, the…

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COVID-19 antigen self-test kits can now be purchased for home use

COVID-19 antigen self-test kits can now be purchased for home use, according to Thailand’s Public Health Ministry’s announcement yesterday (Monday), which has been published in the Royal Gazette. The kits,…

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Dr Yong: Thailand’s top COVID strategist comes under fire

Like Dr. Anthony Fauci in the United States, Prof Dr. Yong Poovorawan has been at the forefront of his country’s battle against COVID-19. As a chief medical adviser to the government,…

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A health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine inside the Central World shopping mall in Bangkok on June 7, 2021, as mass vaccine rollouts begin in Thailand. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand’s mass vaccination drive stutters off the start line with more hurdles ahead

Thais are experiencing déjà vu amid fear of vaccine shortages, confusion about free vaccination, and authorities’ empty assurances. Events in the run-up to the second week of nationwide mass vaccination…

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PM: vaccine funding diverted from MOPH to Central Fund for urgent use

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha explained today (Wednesday) to MPs, particularly those of the coalition Bhumjaithai Party, that he diverted Public Health Ministry funding, for the procurement and management of…

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1.1 million doses of COVID vaccines being distributed, another million for Bangkok alone

The Public Health Ministry has allocated 1.1 million doses of Sinovac and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for use across the country, with Bangkok getting a million this month alone, due to…

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Is treatment for COVID-19 really free in Thailand?

Despite the government’s repeated assurance that treatment for COVID-19 is free, not everyone is convinced. Copies of hefty hospital bills for COVID care are circulating widely on social media platforms….

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Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul became the first Thai to be inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine on February 28th, at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute.

COVID-19 vaccines, the hot topic for Anutin

“There is no challenge”, responded Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, when asked by Thai PBS World what he thinks is the most challenging factor in the latest wave of…

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A Royal Thai Army soldier waiting for her turn to receive the Covid-19 coronavirus Sinovac vaccine at the Pattani Hospital in Thailand’s southern province of Pattani. (Photo by Tuwaedaniya MERINGING / AFP)

Push to vaccinate 16 million vulnerable Thais suffers early setbacks

Only about 5 percent of Thailand’s vulnerable population have so far booked a free COVID-19 vaccination jab since the government’s appointment process was launched on Saturday. The slow uptake is…

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Anutin Charnvirakul, man in firing line for Thailand’s COVID crisis

Tycoon-turned-politician Anutin Charnvirakul may arguably be Thailand’s most-hated public health minister by now. But to be fair, his predecessors never had to tackle the world’s worst virus crisis in more…

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Public health minister says Thailand will continue with the use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Thailand will go ahead with its COVID-19 vaccination program using the AstraZeneca vaccine, because authorities have not found any rare, but significant and serious side effects among the vaccine’s recipients…

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Public Health Ministry bans plastic microbeads in cosmetics

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has banned the import, production and sale of cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads, effective January 1st, 2020. According to the ministry’s announcement, which has already…

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Hospital in hot waters for allegedly refusing to accept acid-attacked woman who later dies

Self-appointed defender of crime victims Atchariya Rungrattanapong on Monday escorted the family of a Bangkok woman who was attacked with acid and later denied treatment at a private hospital before…

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