Health Ministry to speedily clamp down on illegal beauty services


BANGKOK, 21 September 2012 – The Health Ministry has pledged to rid the country of illegal beauty services. 

Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri said on Thursday that the he has instructed the Department of Health Service Support to collaborate with investigators to pursue the prosecution of the person responsible for the collagen injection that led to a woman suffering from the “sleeping beauty syndrome”, or Kleine-Levin syndrome.

A 33-year-old female promotional model became severely ill after receiving an injection to help smooth out wrinkles in her hip by a man claimed to be a doctor. Her heart stopped beating and her brain was damaged due to the deprivation of oxygen.

Mr. Witthaya said that an order has been given out to all agencies involved to crack down on illegal beauty and aesthetic clinics across the country, for the safety of consumers. The public is also invited to send in tip-off to the ministry at 0-2193-7999 around the clock.

In addition, officials and legal experts from the Bureau of Sanatorium and Art of Healing have joined investigators and the Kluaynamthai Hospital to work on the case, while issuing warnings to those who may opt for cheap beauty services to beware of the fatal repercussion, caused by the medical treatment from individuals without proper training and legal licenses.