The Department of Disease Control is promoting increased cooperation among all Health Control Offices in Thailand in response to growth in labor motility and commercial trade
BANGKOK (February 24, 2016): Dr. Amnuay Gajeena (Director-General of the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health), Mr. Daroon Saengchai (Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport), and Police Colonel Prasan Boonmuen (Deputy Commander of Immigration Division 1, Immigration Bureau) participated in the opening of the 2016 National Health Control Offices Seminar in order to increase cooperation among Health Control Offices to protect Thailand from internationally-spread communicable diseases. Dr. Gajeena said there are 68 ports of entry in Thailand (with a Health Control Office at each location); 61 under the Department of Disease Control and 7 under Provincial Public Health Offices. Additionally, there are 4 naval bases that have been adapted to serve as ports of entry. These 72 ports operate in accordance with the 2005 International Health Regulations and the 2015 Communicable Disease Act. Because of increases in labor motility and commercial trade, the Bureau of General Communicable Diseases has an important role in supporting the development of the proficiency of these ports of entry in disease surveillance, prevention and control. It is essential that all Health Control Offices and ports of entry work in collaboration with other related private and governmental agencies, particularly in the case of a public health emergency, by following the 2005 International Health Regulations and the 2015 Communicable Disease Act.
Dr. Gajeena said policies for the improvement of Health Control Offices in the context of the ASEAN international community are for the Department of Disease Control to be:
1. The center and a model in managing the knowledge in surveillance and prevention of communicable diseases in Thailand and Southeast Asia.
2. The center in managing database surveillance and screening systems for relevant authorities involved with ports of entry.
3. The leading agency in the integration of disease surveillance and prevention networks for ports of entry in order to provide both public and private agencies the knowledge and skills to conduct disease screening and surveillance efficiently.
4. The main agency operating in accordance with domestic, international, and other laws relating to disease prevention and control at ports of entry.
5. The main agency in managing health services in health examination and treatment for quarantined aliens and also immunization for both aliens and travelers going through ports of entry.
More than 250 participants from various private and governmental agencies attended the Seminar. The event allowed participants to exchange and improve their knowledge and experience in the operation of ports of entry with other agencies. Such efficient operations will build confidence in both Thai and foreign travelers who enter the country in the ability of Thailand to handle internationally-spread communicable diseases. The Department of Disease Control hotline, Tel. 1422, is available for further information.
Source: Thai article entitled “กรมควบคุมโรค ระดมความร่วมมือด่านควบคุมโรคติดต่อระหว่างประเทศทั้ง 68 แห่งทั่วประเทศ รองรับการเคลื่อนย้ายแรงงานและสินค้าที่เพิ่มขึ้น” by สำนักสื่อสารความเสี่ยงฯ กรมควบคุมโรค; dated February 24th, 2016.
English Translation: The article was summarized and translated by Chansak Suwanchaichinda, Ph.D., MPH
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