Niwit Aroonrat, a Vice Governor of Phuket, said that Phuket had been preventing Polio following the mission of the World Health Organization to get rid of Polio all over the world. In 2010, Phuket had been campaigning for Polio prevention projects in children aged less than five years old.
The continuous Polio prevention plan in Phuket and other provinces had made Thailand free from Polio for 13 years. However, the world polio situation cannot be trusted since there are epidemics in four countires including Nigeria, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. In 2010, there was a new area of epidemics in Tajikistan where the last Polio patient was found in 1997, the same year as Thailand. So every related sector in Phuket had to help in screening and keeping an eye on people coming from the epidemic affected countries since there were a lot of people from those countries coming to work on the island; as well as provide the prevention vaccines for children aged less than five years old in slum and worker camps. In foreign labourers, the target group of vaccines are also for children aged less than 15 years old. The vaccine giving will be on December 15th 2010 and January 19th 2011 in the government medical service centers, hospitals, and private clinics that joined the project, and schools.