Together Thailand Takes On Toxic Jellyfish

As reported on the website of Thailand's Bureau of Epidemiology, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at a conference in Bangkok bringing various government departments, authorities, universities, interested groups and coastal communities together in the fight against the threat of box jellyfish.

The MoU is another major step forward officially creating closer, long-term co-operation and collaboration from the highest level of government to the beachside officials and operators who manage the risk.

Following is an edited transcript from the website:   

The Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health are moving forward to develop our epidemiological network and create knowledge of the prevention of injury and death from venomous jellyfish in Thai sea waters.

Today (21 May, 2019) at Centra Hotel by Centara Government Center and Convention Center, Chaengwattana, Bangkok, Dr. Suwanchai Wattana Yingcharoenchai, Director-General of the Department of Disease Control, presided over the workshop "Knowledge integration for networking" and "Memorandum of cooperation on prevention of injury and death from poisonous jellyfish" in Thailand in a sustainable manner together with 8 network agencies including Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Naval Medical Department, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Varieties, Department of Local Administration, Office of the Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports, Chiang Mai University, Burapa University and Mahidol University.

The Department of Disease Control saw the importance of solving the problem of injury and death from poisonous jellyfish. Key goals are exchanging learning to create understanding of the risk and communicate with those involved, training to provide knowledge to cover all aspects including creating and producing media in a variety of formats to suit each target population, create a network of poisonous jellyfish communities, such as hotels and vacation rentals, travel associations, travel clubs, guide clubs, rescuers clubs, mass communication, naval, medical departments, teachers, medical and public health staff.

This meeting in addition made a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the prevention of injury and death from toxic jellyfishes with related agencies. There were also awards to honor those who have made a valuable contribution such as Prof. Clinic, Dr. Niwet Nanthachit, President of Chiang Mai University, Prof. Bunnakit Lojanapiwat, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Prof. Dr. Dr. Lakkhana, Chiang Mai University Group and Dr. Somchai Bussarawit, Advisor to the Working Group on Poisonous Animals in Thailand. In addition, there was an exchange of learning about past operations which is expected to create knowledge development, risk communication and establish guidelines for preventing problems and health hazards from toxic jellyfish.

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