Talking Thailand: How we combat COVID-19

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by Dr Pisonthi Chongtrakul MD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University

Wednesday 22 July @ 10am via Zoom.

The third in our popular series of Zoom meetings features Dr Pisonthi Chongtrakul MD, Assistant Professor in the faculty of medicine at Chulaonkorn University and a member of the Thai board of Paediatrics..  He is a Fellow of the International Task Force on priority health problems in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, an expert in Rational Drug Use and an advisor to the Thai Ministry of Pubic Health.  He appears regularly on Thai Radio and TV explaining health issues.  

During the recent COVID-19 outbreak, and at the time of writing, Thailand (population approx 70 million) has had 3217 cases of COVID-19 and 58 deaths.  The United Kingdom (population approx 68 million) has suffered 291,154 cases of COVID-19 and 44,904 deaths (John Hopkiins University website). 

As an academic and a physician Dr Pisonthi is well placed to explain the Thai response to the pandemic and suggest reasons why that response succeeded not only in so few cases of COVID-19 overall, but in keeping the proportion of deaths among those infected below 2% (0.08 deaths per 100K population) whilst in the UK more than 15% (67.54 deaths per 100K population) of those infected have passed away.

If you would like to participate in the talk please email and request an invitation. If you have not previously successfully connected to one of our Zoom meetings and would like to make a test connection, please let me know and we will make the necessary arrangements.

These meetings are recorded, and there will be links to YouTube videos from the Society's website for those who are unable to attend the live show.  Philip Cornwel-Smith's talk 'Very Bangkok' is now available, and we hope to have Brian Davidson's talk on the site this week.​