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Message from Ambassador

Ambassador’s Message

March 2020

 

Dear readers,

Sawasdee krub.

One of the hot issues that have become the talk of the town at this moment cannot be anything else but the COVID-19. The Royal Thai Embassy is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of Thai nationals in the UK, so we have been following the situations closely for update and advice from the UK government. Although there have been reports of people infected with COVID-19 in many countries, please do not be overly alarmed. It is advisable that we all take good care of ourselves to remain healthy. Anyone with flu-like symptoms should not panic, as COVID-19 patients would also have difficulty breathing and muscle pain. So, anyone with flu-like symptoms are advised to stay indoors and get fully recovered before planning any trip abroad or going to crowded places. Unless your trips are absolutely necessary, it may be better to reschedule. Having said that, I wish to point out that the UK authorities do not quarantine passengers coming from affected countries, including Thailand. However, they will only screen those with flu-like symptoms, particularly high fever, cough and sneeze, for COVID-19 testing. This is a standard public health measure for the good of the general public.

Many schools in Thailand will be closed for holidays soon and many parents may consider sending their children to summer school abroad, including the UK.  Given the COVID-19 situation, many academic institutions in the UK may become more cautious in screening and accepting foreign students, especially from infected countries. In this case, activities in Thailand may be interesting alternatives for young and active students who wish to strengthen their academic skills and learning this summer.

Speaking of public health issue, I would like to mention and express my appreciation for Prof. Dr. David Mabey, a laureate of Prince Mahidol Award 2019, whose contributions in public health have helped save millions from blindness.  Prof. Dr. David Mabey is a specialist in communicable disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has been studying and conducting researches on trachoma for over 30 years. Trachoma, a disease caused by bacteria, is the most common eye infection leading to blindness worldwide, leaving about 1.9 million people globally with blindness and visual impairment every year, particularly in developing countries with inadequate hygiene and sanitation. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the Prince Mahidol Award presentation ceremony on 30 January 2020, when Prof. Dr. David Mabey was conferred this prestigious Award.  

On this occasion, the Embassy will host a reception in honour of Prof. Dr. David Mabey and to celebrate the Prince Mahidol Award among the British public and Friends of Thailand in the UK. The Prince Mahidol Award was established in commemoration of the centenary of the birth of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkhla on 1 January 1992. Two Prince Mahidol Awards are conferred annually upon individual(s) or institution(s) which have demonstrated outstanding and exemplary contributions to the advancement of the world’s medical and public health services. Each award consists of a medal, a certificate, and a prize of 100,000 US Dollars. Indeed, I would like to say how prestigious the Prince of Mahidol Awards are, as one of the laureates went on to win a Nobel Prize in chemistry, namely Sir Gregory Paul Winter who was conferred the Prince of Mahidol Award 2016. In this regard, I would like to invite the Thai community to join me in congratulating Prof. Dr. David Mabey and to be proud of Thailand for our international stature for conferring awards to prominent figures.

Till we meet again next month.