9 eastern provinces practice Ebola-outbreak response

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Officials from nine eastern provinces practiced their response to an Ebola virus infection in Thailand at a seminar in Chonburi.

Gov. Khomsan Ekachai presided over the Feb. 27 Ebola-response exercise at the Bangsaen Heritage Hotel with 150 government representatives from Chonburi, Chanthaburi, Trat, Rayong, Chachoengsao, Prachinburi, Nakhon Nayok, and Samut Prakan attending.

The exercise was one of five regional workshops organized by the ministries of Interior, Public Health, and Defense, and Royal Thai Police to have public-health and government officials share common understanding and knowledge on how to respond to an Ebola outbreak.

150 government representatives from Chonburi, Chanthaburi, Trat, Rayong, Chachoengsao, Prachinburi, Nakhon Nayok, and Samut Prakan attend an Ebola-response exercise at the Bangsaen Heritage Hotel.150 government representatives from Chonburi, Chanthaburi, Trat, Rayong, Chachoengsao, Prachinburi, Nakhon Nayok, and Samut Prakan attend an Ebola-response exercise at the Bangsaen Heritage Hotel.

The workshop also was set up to test coordination, support operations in accordance with related laws, and promote good relationships between agencies.

Khomsan said Chonburi is visited by many travelers from all over the world. Therefore, it has been prepared and monitored the situation closely. Travelers from Africa, in particular, are being monitored. Also, operational teams have been set up to operate in various areas, especially in Pattaya.

He encouraged attendees from the nine provinces to pay attention and make the most out of the training in order to develop an effective integrated response to every emergency situation systematically.

The number of people infected with Ebola in the last 14 months has reached 23,729 worldwide, including 9,604 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.