PM invites Buddhists to celebrate Makha Bucha


BANGKOK – The Prime Minister has invited faithful Buddhists to observe Makha Bucha Day with religious ceremonies, while using smokeless incense to minimize air pollution. The PM also insisted the national stock of sanitary masks is still sufficient.

Prior to the Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, promoted the Buddhism Promotion Week event celebrating Makha Bucha Day, between 6th-8th February 2020.

Activities will be held across the country, including the delivery of royal flames to light candles at royal monasteries, alms giving ceremonies by Ambassadors to Thailand from 12 countries at Pathum Wanaram Temple, moral promotion activities for children and youths, ASEAN Makha Bucha celebrations in 16 provinces, exhibitions, and prayer services.

The public is asked to use smokeless incense sticks to help reduce air pollution and airborne particles, while the Prime Minister has insisted there is currently no national shortage of sanitary masks, and urged members of the general public to report any overpriced sales to the authorities.

The Prime Minister then joined the promotion of a campaign to plant one million trees to curb air pollution, as part of the Green City campaign by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The campaign will be launched officially in a ceremony on 9th February at Siam Paragon shopping mall, where the Prime Minister himself will preside over the occasion.

Sprouts of a plant known for its ability to absorb PM 2.5 airborn particles will be distributed to participants, along with an online manual on growing and caring for the species.

Meanwhile, the Digital Economy Promotion Agency has presented new developments in medical services, such as an prescription platform connecting hospitals with pharmacies electronically, an Ooca application for video calls with psychiatrists and psychologists, a QueQ Hospital digital customer queue management service, and games that incorporate physical exercises.

The Prime Minister suggested the developers of the new games add arm swinging motions that can help players exercise their lungs, and praised all the technologies presented, for complying with the national strategy, and being designed to help improve medical services.