UNICEF fears outbreak of water-borne diseases in Thailand

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is distributing more than 300,000 hygiene and sanitation items to flood-affected families in Thailand in an effort to prevent the spread of communicable diseases in the country.

Thai Hospitals fear floods will hit drug supplies

Hospitals warn of possible drug shortages as prolonged flooding in Thailand has disrupted local production and delivery of medical supplies.

Thailand to Import Drug and Consumer Goods to Prevent Shortages

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.

Hong Kong employees work 48.7 hours per week

The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2010 Survey (2010 Survey) continues to show that work-life balance poses significant challenges to employees in Hong Kong and provides a compelling business case for employers to address the issue of work-life balance in their organisations.

Aid workers in Thailand warn of possible water-borne disease outbreaks

Aid workers in Thailand warn of possible water-borne disease outbreaks following weeks of heavy flooding. “Water-borne disease is always a risk in a massive flood,” Matthew Cochrane, regional communications and advocacy manager for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC, told IRIN on 13 October in Bangkok.

Thailand’s ministry of Public Health on food alert

Thailand’s ministries of Public Health and Natural Resources and Environment will closely monitor and inspect food imported from Japan and Thailand’s air quality to check radiation levels but downplayed any direct and immediate threat to the country following explosions in Japanese nuclear power plants in Fukushima.

Unprecedented chronic disease growth in Southeast Asia

Chronic disease could kill up to 4.2 million people annually in Southeast Asia by the year 2030, according to new research published in the UK medical journal, The Lancet. More than 2.5 million people died from chronic diseases in the region in 2005, 30 percent of whom were 15-59 years old. Diabetes and obesity cases quadrupled from 1970 to 2005, twice the rate of the United States in the same time period, according to the report.

China may grow to be new medical tourist destination

Just as India and Thailand have attracted thousands of people from overseas who pay for major treatments including cosmetic surgery and organ transplants, so the China, with its competitive labour rates that translate into keenly priced fees, might be able to draw in larger numbers.