On February 9th, 2010, Dr Wiwat Siltamanote, the Deputy Health Officer from Phuket Provincial Public Health Office, presided over the first aid training about Jellyfish stings and how to prevent oneself from Jellyfish poison.
Dr. Somchai Bussarawit, the Director of the Museum of Natural Science, Phuket Aquarium, said that there are many kinds of jellyfish found in the Andaman Sea: some are poisonous while some are not dangerous. The jellyfish are mostly found at estuaries while the mangrove forest is the best place for its embryos to grow up. He mentioned that jellyfish poison can cause life threatening conditions.
He revealed that four people died from touching poisonous jellyfish unwittingly, the most recent one was in Lanta Island and there must be a lot more people who get injured by jellyfish. Therefore it’s important to educate tourists and people how to prevent stings and provide first aid for people touching jellyfish. He suggested that tourists or people working or residing near by the beach should provide their own vinegar, in case somebody gets stung by jellyfish, pour the vinegar on the stung area to restrain the poison and take the victim to hospital as soon as possible.
proofed by Grant, Phuket43@samart.co.th