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Dengue Fever precautions

What’s up with the Immigration office?

 

Dengue Fever precautions

Dear Editor

I have heard that with the onset of the rains, Dengue Fever is on the rise again. This happens yearly, not only in Chiang Mai and the North but across the country and while not entirely avoidable, it is certainly easy enough to take precautions to reduce the incidence.

The mosquitoes that carry Dengue Fever breed in standing water. So, if you have potted plants set into basins either tip the basins daily or remove them for the period of the rainy season. Empty out any pots, jars, anything that can hold water, regularly. Many local Thai people have big water jars, best way to handle the mosquito in this case is to add some small guppies to the water to eat the larvae. The Health Department also gives out some sand to add to standing water that keeps the larvae from breeding.

The mosquitoes bite during the day, so use some kind of repellent. And if you get a high fever with severe aches, get to a doctor and have a blood test.

Yours
Dengue is here

 

What’s up with the Immigration office?

Dear Editor

I went to Immigration last week to find it in a state of flux. No number machine and rather chaotic. A friend of mine went yesterday and said they have removed the counter at the front. Not sure what the thinking is behind that, hope it makes things marginally better anyway.

Considering the number of people they must process Immigration people do a pretty good job, it just seems to me that something needs to be done to make the place easier to use and more efficient. Go any morning and it is packed. My friend told me to go in the afternoon, that it’s less busy but then I worry I won’t get processed and will have to come back. Probably the same thing everyone else worries about.

Honestly, they need to do something about those of us who need to report every 90 days. People doing that alone must really fill the place up.

So, to the Immigration bosses, suggest to the head of Immigration for Thailand that they fork out some money to improve the Chiang Mai office. And while you are at it, see if they can get that 90 day reporting online. It would make everyone’s lives much easier.
Sam S

Chiang Mai