Thank you for your very good newspaper and its thought-provoking articles. I
was most interested in the recent announcement by the National Economic and
Social Development Board that it will be pushing Thailand as the health
capital of Asia, with Chiang Mai as the northern center for this promotion.
It is true that we have excellent health and dental
health care providers in Chiang Mai. Some of the most beautiful and
luxurious spas in the world are also here, and there are many alternative
health care options available such as massage and herbal medicine. How,
though, will this promotion work when our environmental pollution has
reached critical levels? People who are interested in their health and who
are willing to spend large amounts of money pursuing the best health care
available will be horrified when they look out their hotel windows and
canít see the building next to them. Who wants to breathe this terribly
polluted air when there are other options?
I recognize that the pollution we are experiencing in
Chiang Mai is the result of many factors. As I write this letter, however, I
can see four fairly large fires burning in my neighborhood, Tambon Watgate.
One is on the banks of the Ping River and appears to be refuse from several
of the restaurants located there, another is from a building site close by.
Two are burning in enclosed, private gardens.
Is there a plan for enforcing the ďno-burnĒ
ordinances that I read had been passed? Unless its citizens insist that
refuse not be burned, Chiang Mai is likely to remain polluted. Perhaps your
readers will have other suggestions on combating this unhealthy and
Rebecca Lomax, Ph.D.