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Thailand | Bangkok Free Ambulance Service - Part 4

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December 30, 2013

Trying to Save a Life in Bangkok

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Medics and first responders work on a child hit by a vehicle in Bangkok Saturday night. The medics worked on the boy for more than 30 minutes but they were not able to revive him.

One of the stories I’m working on while I’m here is how Bangkok and other fast developing Asian cities grapple with growth; how they meet the basic needs of citizens drawn by perceived economic opportunity the bright lights of the city. Read More

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December 30, 2013

Thai ‘trophy shots’ shock mourners

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When Perth travel agent Michelle Smith was stabbed to death in Phuket, ambulance workers shocked her grieving friends by posing for a photo with her dead body.

But scenes like these are commonplace in Thailand, a country with an extraordinarily desensitised attitude towards death and relaxed regulations when it comes to the treatment of dead bodies. Read More

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December 30, 2013

Volunteer medic a light on Thai streets

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In 12 years of working as a volunteer ambulance officer in Bangkok, former Upper Hutt man Marko Cunningham has worked through the Boxing Day tsunami, three coups, two major protests and two floods.

That’s on top of “lots of minor building collapses, and a million other everyday things like shootings, suicides, catching crocodiles and snakes”. Read More

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December 30, 2013

Dengue and cholera outbreaks bring warnings after 30 die

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BANGKOK: — The Public Health Ministry has ordered its officials across the country to keep a close eye on the outbreak of two communicable diseases, dengue fever and cholera, following reports these illnesses have killed 30 people over the past six months. Read More

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December 30, 2013

Thailand ranked by WHO as one in top 22 high-burden countries for TB

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BANGKOK (NNT) — Thailand is ranked as one in 22 of the World Health Organization high-burden countries for tuberculosis (TB), with 120,000 persons reported with TB infection each year. Read More

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December 30, 2013

PM warns political demonstrations likely to return soon

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Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Wednesday conceded that political demonstrators are likely to return to the capital’s streets later this year, but pledged his government will do its best to control the situation. Read More

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December 30, 2013

July 2010: Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak Warning in Northern Thailand

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About 40 per cent of the airconditioning units and water supply system in 100 hotels and business establishments in the North were found to be carrying the Legionella bacteria, posing the risk of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease, a researcher at Chiang Mai’s health promotion centre said yesterday. Read More