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Press Release

THAILAND UNDERSCORED THE ONE HEALTH APPROACH IN ADDRSSING GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY

27 – 29 JUNE 2016, BALI, INDONESIA

On behalf of H.E. Minister of Public Health, Thailand, Dr. Apichai Mongkol, Director General of the Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health, has joined the   panelist in panel discussion on “Implementing National Preparedness Plans; One Health: emerging epidemic and pandemic threats”, with other panelists from Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, OIE and FAO, during the Meeting on Advancing Global Health Security: From Commitments to Actions, 27-29 June 2016, Bali, Indonesia.

In his remarks, to name a few, he emphasized that the One Health Approach has been materialized through the two relevant GHSA Action Packages including:

Detect 1 [National Laboratory System] as indicated in the Regional Strategic Roadmap on Laboratory System Strengthening, 2016-2020 and Detect 5 [Workforce Development] through the Field Epidemiology Trainings founded in 1984 which later included the veterinary doctors in 2012 and the wildlife veterinary doctors in 2016 respectively. For Prevent 1 [Antimicrobial Resistance], it was highlighted that Thailand has successfully banned the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in animal feed after taking almost two decades to enter into effect.

He further informed the Meeting on the 1st Regional Workshop: Enhancing Regional Partnership Towards Strengthening Laboratory System in Accelerating GHSAs Implementation: Detect 1 to be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 27 - 29 July 2016 which aim to identify key regional activities and implementing mechanism; and to enhance networking on laboratory across the regions.

Organized by WHO, in collaboration with the government of Republic of Indonesia, the Meeting aims to, among others, review achievements and challenges encountered in the implementation of country health emergency preparedness since the Cape Town meeting; and obtain further commitment from Member states and partners to provide sustained international and domestic investment in preparedness. It was participated by approximately 200 delegations.

 

Contacted Person: Mr. Kanate Temtrirath

Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health

Tel: 02 589 0022, 02 951 000, E-mail: kanate.t@dmsc.mail.go.th

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