On 1st July 2013 at Patong Hospital, Phuket Provincial Chief Medical Officer – Dr Buncha Kakhong, Director of Patong Hospital – Dr Sirichai Silpa-archa, along with representatives from Patong Municipality, OrBorTor Kamala and Phuket public health officers held a meeting regarding measures which should be taken to prevent and control dengue patients in Patong and Kamala.
Dr Buncha said “Unfortunately, now the rainy season is here so is dengue fever. So far this year we’ve had more than 3 times the amount of reported cases of dengue fever than last year, the highest in 20 years. So far this year there has been 1193 cases reported, 535 in Muang Phuket, 471 in Thalang and 187 in Kathu”.
“In order to handle dengue fever, which is a problem in the main tourist area of Kathu, we need to raise people’s awareness of the problem and ask for cooperation in helping to destroy the mosquito breeding grounds, around buildings, households and schools. People should also take note that if they believe they have dengue fever they should go to see a doctor as soon as possible” Dr Buncha added.
Dr Sirichai said “Patong hospital’s medical team is ready to take care of patients, both children and adults. The hospital uses a strict standard of care in order to make sure people affected are not at risk. In the last couple of months we have seen 20-25 patients per month some of which are tourists; however, I’m glad to say that none of those have resulted in death.”