The Department of Disease Control in collaboration with six other agencies opened the Preventive Medicine Institute to produce medical specialists in travel and occupational medicine
March 30, 2016: Dr. Amnuay Gajeena (Director-general of the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health), Dr. Pornthep Siriwanarangsan (President of the Preventive Medicine Association of Thailand), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pornthep Chanthavanich (Representative of the Faculty of Tropical Medicine-Mahidol University, and President of the Thai Society of Travel Medicine), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yothin Benjawang (Representative of the Faculty of Medicine-Srinakharinwirot University, and Representative of the City of Bangkok), Dr. Noppadol Paiboonsin (Senior Advisor of the Department of Disease Control), and Dr. Jariya Saengsajja (Director of the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute) participated in the opening of the first Preventive Medicine Institute of Thailand. The institute serves as the center for training medical residents and public health personnel in preventive medicine.
Dr. Gajeena said there are millions of people around the world who have died from preventable diseases and accidents. International reports suggest that more than 55% of tourists have health issues while travelling. In 2015, there were more than 30 million foreign and Thai tourists travelling in Thailand. Health and safety of these travelers may be affected by inappropriate prevention. Thus, the Department of Disease Control in collaboration with the Faculty of Tropical Medicine-Mahidol University, the Preventive Medicine Association of Thailand, the Thai Society of Travel Medicine, the Faculty of Medicine-Srinakharinwirot University, the City of Bangkok, and the Ministry of Public Health established the Preventive Medicine Institute in order to train personnel to meet the country’s current and future demands in preventive medicine.
The Preventive Medicine Institute is located on the second floor of building-1 at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute. Preventive medicine deals with health promotion and prevention at the individual, community, and national levels. During the first year, the Preventive Medicine Institute will provide training for 3-5 medical residents in travel medicine. The institute also plans to provide training in other fields of preventive medicine in the future. The Department of Disease Control hotline, Tel. 1422, is available for further information.
Thai article entitled “กรมควบคุมโรค จับมือ 6 หน่วยงาน เปิดสถาบันเวชศาสตร์ป้องกันศึกษาแห่งแรกในไทย ลุยผลิตแพทย์ผู้เชี่ยวชาญด้านเวชศาสตร์การเดินทางฯ และอาชีวเวชศาสตร์” by สำนักสื่อสารความเสี่ยงฯ กรมควบคุมโรค; dated March 30, 2016.
The article was summarized and translated by Chansak Suwanchaichinda, Ph.D., MPH
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