The Ministry of Public Health in Thailand is working out a plan for necessary reserves of medical supplies, as a number of drug-producing factories have been hit by the flooding.
Public Health Minister Wittaya Buranasiri has instructed the Food and Drug Administration and the Government Pharmaceutical Organization to check the damaged flood-hit drug factories and the list of medical supplies produced by the affected factories. He said that imports of certain drugs would be needed to prevent possible shortages. The Cabinet would be asked to give the green light to the imports.
The Government Pharmaceutical Organization has already coordinated imports of certain drugs, and it has also asked the affected factories to help make up for the shortfall by finding other factories to produce for them. Thailand Post Company has offered to transport drugs to all areas nationwide to ensure that they would be available.
The Thai Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association is also working closely with the Government Pharmaceutical Organization in distributing medical supplies to consumers in order to prevent shortages.
As for consumer products, the Government has asked food factories to increase production and it also allowed extra imports of consumer goods. A product distribution center has been opened at Don Mueang, and more will be opened elsewhere, such as in Chon Buri and Nakhon Ratchasima. The Government believed that food supply shortages would ease within one week.
As for water supply, the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority has reaffirmed that it still produces tap water without any disruption and that its tap water is safe for drinking and meets the standard of the World Health Organization. The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority’s hotline is 1125.
In related news, Thailand has also received donations of water purification units from other countries, and the units have been sent to various evacuation centers to help flood victims. Local manufacturers have also been asked to produce more bottled drinking water.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority also ensured that it would be able to sustain electricity supply for local people. For public safety, it urged people to use electricity with caution during the flooding. Its hotline is 1130.
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– Chinese overseas investment dropped off in 2020
– Government remains committed to the wide-ranging infrastructure programme
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Following a year of coronavirus-related disruptions, China appears to be placing a greater focus on sustainable, digital and health-related projects in its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
As OBG outlined in April last year, the onset of Covid-19 prompted questions about the future direction of the BRI.
Launched in 2013, the BRI is an ambitious international initiative that aims to revive ancient Silk Road trade routes through large-scale infrastructure development.
By the start of 2020 some 2951 BRI-linked projects – valued at a total of $3.9trn – were planned or under way across the world.
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In June China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that 30-40% of BRI projects had been affected by the virus, while a further 20% had been “seriously affected”. Restrictions on the flow of Chinese workers and construction supplies were cited as factors behind project suspensions or slowdowns in Pakistan, Cambodia and Indonesia, among other countries.
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