Phitsanulok's health office on Thursday conducted a random inspection of kindergartens in the province, as the number of children infected with hand, foot and mouth disease is on the rise.
Dr Boonteum Tansurat, the provincial public health chief, said the province has a total of 12 kindergartens and the spread of the virus is not being viewed as serious as no child has died from the disease.
However, he noted that more children have become infected with HFMD. “There are now altogether 240 patients in the province and in July alone, 99 patients cases been detected. Most of the patients were found in Muang, Wang Thong and Phrom Phiram districts,” the doctor said.
The province has already set up “a war room” to handle the epidemic including educating the kindergartens’ administrators about the disease and its prevention.
He was speaking after leading a team of officials to check the possible spread of the disease.
According to Boonteum, Chiang Rai has the largest number of the patients in the northern region, followed by Phayao. He added that the disease has already found in all 77 provinces of Thailand.