Thailand will continue to safeguard its citizens against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) and other new diseases.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Yuthawong, a meeting on new disease prevention was recently held to reinforce the country’s protection system.

The public health system will undergo several changes on both national and community levels to make sure Thai people are as safe as possible and protected from all kinds of diseases whether they be bird flu, Ebola, Sars or Mers.

No Mers outbreak or other new infections have been found in Thailand. The Deputy Prime Minister added, however, that Thailand still remains at risk as a large number of foreigners visit the nation each year from all parts of the world.

Public Health Minister Dr. Ratchata Ratchatanawin also revealed that there is no meningococcal disease either, following the recent death of a 26 year old man.

Preventative measures were stepped up soon after his death and medicines have been distributed to 271 people who were close to him to make sure the disease does not spread any further.-VNA