August 05, 2014 01:00 By SUCHAT SRITAMA THE NATION
Hotels and airlines are launching prevention measures for tourists visiting Thailand in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The Thai Hotels Association is sending a special notice to its 800 members urging operators to post alerts on the situation.
THA is also providing general healthcare suggestions regarding the outbreak, advising people to contact a newly established unit under the Health Ministry if medical assistance is needed.
The ministry last week said it was on the lookout for foreign tourists who could be carrying the virus, but had not yet found any cases.
“We’ve still found no cases in Thailand, but operators are concerned about this issue,” THA president Surapong Techaruvichit said yesterday.
He said hotels were generally concerned about guests’ health and usually worked with hospitals and clinics located nearby.
He said hotels were closely monitoring the Ebola situation, but the risk of the disease appearing in Thailand was very low.
The West African outbreak has so far killed more than 700 people.
Thai Airways International yesterday released seven prevention measures relating to the virus – from its ground operations to on-board services. The airline has also designated 36 areas as requiring “deep cleaning” because of the amount of times they are touched by passengers.
The national carrier is still operating three flights a week to South Africa, which is free from Ebola.
Airports of Thailand, the operator of Suvarnabhumi Airport, earlier announced further healthcare measures for passengers travelling in and out of Bangkok.
Thai AirAsia has invoked similar measures. Commercial director Santisuk Klongchaiya said the airline was alert to the issue and had implemented further health precautions for its passengers.
The airline does not fly to the affected areas, but it serves passengers from third countries connecting to West Africa.