BMA’s medical team reports alarming level of TB infection on city streets

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BANGKOK, 8 May 2013 The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has sent out its medical team to Sanam Luang to check on homeless people and merchants, whose health conditions were found to be worrisome. 

Deputy Bangkok Governor Pol. Gen. Assawin Kwanmuang and the BMA’s Health Department Director Dr. Wantanee Wattana along with city officials, on Tuesday, visited Sanam Luang to offer health check and consultation services to the homeless and the merchants in the area.

Dr. Wantanee said the BMA’s medical team has performed initial health screening tests to check if anyone is suffering such illnesses as STDs, AIDS, diabetes, and high-blood pressure.

Out of 19 people who received the tests, two were found to be infected with tuberculosis. Dr. Wantanee stated that the number of TB patients found was considered higher than it should be and officials are rushing to treat them in order to effectively prevent the spread of the disease.