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 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.
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.