Na-anya Jantrakas, head of the Disease Prevention and Control Office, spoke to Pattaya’s grass-roots “Surveillance & Rapid Response Team,” a force of 160 individuals from the city’s 42 communities who make monthly reports on disease status within their communities.
Jetsadapong Thonsamitivej from Pattaya’s Public Health Department updates community leaders on summer diseases, noting that dengue fever statistics are showing improvement.
The seminar provided training on detection of summer diseases, including diarrhea, food poisoning and dengue fever.
The Public Health Department’s Jetsadapong Thonsamitivej said that in the first six weeks of 2014, dengue fever cases in Pattaya were down 27.7 percent from last year, with just 13 cases reported. In Thailand overall, 1,106 cases were reported through Feb. 4, with one fatality.
The SSRT, nearly a year old in Pattaya, is an international program backed by the World Health Organization that uses community residents to continuously watch for diseases and minimize contagiousness to rapidly control outbreaks.
The program has been active in Thailand since 2005, with more than 300 participants.