A Thai woman reaches the age of 109 in San Sai, Chiang Mai
Mail visiting Noi Karn-ngern, 109, a healthy elder living in San Sai, Chiang
Having heard of an elderly woman achieving the magnificent age of 109, our Chiangmai
Mail reporter accompanied by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anuwat Pheng-oun, lecturer
of Maejo University visited the super-centenarian at Baan Pong Village.
Noi Karn-ngern said that she had seven children, but five had passed away.
She could not read, she said, because when she was young there were no
schools. She has not seen a doctor for 20 years and she ate her favorite
food every day made from chilli paste, vegetables and fruit for each meal.
She spoke about her daily life and said that after getting up, she likes to
keep abreast of current events by listening to the radio. Her favorite
programs are the news and Buddhist teachings. She also likes to chant and
meditate every morning and evening, for two hours. She never takes life too
seriously and keeps an open mind about most things.
She prefers to live alone and has done so for 30 years. Her children often
visit her and take along her favorite foods and fruit for her, but the old
lady protested that she just did not want to put anyone to any trouble or do
things she was perfectly capable of doing herself. She looked remarkably
healthy even though she was 109 years old; and appeared stronger and more
vigorous than some 70-80 year-olds, and is still able to walk unaided
without any outward signs of pain.
Dengue Fever – again and again and again!
Despite my pleas, (and those of the Public Health Department), Dengue Fever
and its potentially fatal variant, Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF) is still
with us. The latest figures have now prompted me to repeat my advice on
this subject. If you remember reading about it before, I apologize, but the
subject matter is very important. This is an important ailment, that can be
However, first you should understand a little more about Dengue. It was
first described in 1780 by a Benjamin Rush in Philadelphia (so it didn’t
start here), when the name Break Bone Fever was applied, with the symptoms
of pain in the bones and rise in temperature. The name “Dengue” came in
1828 during an epidemic in Cuba. The new name was a Spanish attempt at a
Swahili phrase “ki denga pepo” which describes a sudden cramping
seizure caused by an evil spirit! Let me assure you that the local brand of
Dengue Fever owes nothing to spirits, evil, bottled or otherwise.
Like Malaria, the virus is carried by mosquitoes, this time by one called
Aedes aegypti. The virus itself is related to Japanese encephalitis, Murray
Valley encephalitis and Yellow fever, and there are four “serotypes” or
subgroups of it.
The mosquito lays its eggs in water containers, preferring the clean water
found in water tanks and pots, in the saucers under pot plants and even
under the pet’s food dish. Inside discarded car tyres are another
favourite spot. These mosquitoes are not of the adventurous type and feed
during the day and spend their time within 200 metres of their hatchery.
Consequently, the eradication of any local breeding areas becomes very
important towards maintaining your own health, as you can see. Keep your
home free from lying water for a radius of 200 metres and you’re looking
Simple Dengue (if you can call it that) has an incubation period of around
four to seven days and then the full blown symptoms of high fever and
headache begin. The headache is usually behind the eyes and is made worse
by eye movement. From there, the pains progress to the limbs with acute
muscle pains, which gave it the old name “Break Bone Fever”.
Interestingly, some patients complain of a metallic taste in the mouth.
(Please don’t ask - I have no idea why!)
On the other hand, Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever can certainly be fatal! It
appears that Serotype 2 may be the culprit here, but does not usually
produce DHF unless you have been previously bitten by types 1, 3 or 4. In
addition to the symptoms of Classical Dengue the skin begins to bruise very
easily as the blood haemorrhages into the skin. Children are also more
susceptible to this than adults. This also becomes much more of an
emergency and is best treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of your
With our ability to treat the viral ailments being very limited, the
defence against the Dengue virus lies in the preventive measures. The other
precautions are to wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts, especially
at sun up and sun down, when the mosquito is at its most ravenous. The
other factor to remember is “D” for Dengue and “D” for DEET. DEET
is the magic ingredient in mosquito repellents, so when you go to buy some,
check the label – if it has DEET, then get it. And then remember to use
Discover Japan through contemporary posters
Shinohara, Japanese Consul in Chiang Mai (second from left) visited the
poster exhibition with guests.
A Japanese poster exhibition entitled “Discover Japan through
Contemporary Posters”, was held at the Culture and Arts Hall, Chiang
Mai University, which was officially opened on May 9.
This exhibition was arranged by the Japan Foundation, with the dual
purpose of introducing Japanese culture to international countries and
to further good relationships between both countries by promoting
cultural exchange. This exhibition is of posters which have been made in
Japan and come in many designs; such as arts exhibition posters,
leading-brand clothes posters, competitions, make-up posters, etc.
altogether totaling 75 categories. This exhibition will be of particular
benefit to those involved in advertising design and for design
This exhibition will be open until May 28, Monday – Saturday from 9
a.m. – 5 p.m. After closing in Chiang Mai, this exhibition will next
be held in Indonesia.
Far Eastern College upgrades to University
Nongmak, president of university institute of Far Eastern University.
Nopniwat Krailerg and
The Far Eastern College has been officially upgraded to be the “Far
Eastern University” and a ceremony to mark the occasion took place on May
8. The charter to change the status from “College” to “University”
was granted by the Ministry of Education on April 20, 2006.
The Far Eastern University has constantly developed its teaching methods
since it opened as a college in 2000. The University had the vision to be a
high class business academy and to produce scholars with the quality of
entrepreneurship, conversant with languages and modern technology; and are
virtuous, have high moral fiber, and have the conscious mind of being Thai.
The Far Eastern University has increased its departments and now has three
thriving faculties and 11 departments. There are many academic exchange
programs with international universities; such as a program for the Chinese
language curriculum with the University of China. The University has
established an entrepreneurship Research and Development Center, and the
most recent addition is the establishment of a training center for medium
and small businesses in cooperation with the Department of Industrial
Promotion, to improve the potential of business owners in Chiang Mai and
The Far Eastern University has prepared for the future by planning to
construct a second Far Eastern University on the middle ring road at Tambon
San Pak Wan, Hang Dong district on 104 rai of land, which expected to be up
and running in 2008.
Commemorative bag sales to benefit charity
and stickers “We Love the King”.
Central Pattana Company will donate the entire revenue of “We love the
king” bag tag sales towards scholarships. This project aims to sell
10,000 bag-tags in the shape of a heart, with the words “We Love the
King”, which will be distributed in all branches of Central Plaza. The
revenue from these sales will be donated to the Phra Dabos Foundation to
provide scholarships for needy and poor youths”.
Several well known actresses and actors joined the sales force to boost
sales of the bag tags and to hand out “We Love the King” stickers.
The bag-tags have been made in a limited edition of only 10,000 pieces
at a cost of 100 baht each. Orders for the bag-tags could be placed from
May 15, 2006 onwards, at the public relations service counter of all
branches of Central Pattana Plaza and they will be available for
distribution on June 1, 2006.