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Foreign countries urged not to dissuade tourists from visiting Thailand

Thailand has urged foreign countries not to advise their citizens to stay away from the country…

Thailand has urged foreign countries not to advise their citizens to stay away from the country. The Thai government has said Thailand needs the income from tourism to help the country to recover from last month`s tsunami disaster.

Public Health Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan said that she would coordinate with other government agencies to inform foreign governments that no epidemic had broken out in the country`s six southern tsunami-hit provinces, including Phuket, Phang-nga, Krabi, Trang, Ranong and Satun.

China has reportedly issued a warning advising its citizens to take precautions if they travel to Thailand as it feared an epidemic in the aftermath of the Tsunami crisis.

I don`t have any details of the report. But if it is true, the ministry would coordinate with other agencies to explain the real situation to individual nations, said Mrs. Sudarat.

The public health minister said she could reassure everyone that no epidemics, apart from diarrhoea, which has already been solved, in the country`s affected provinces, she said.

Other countries have given so much help to Thailand during the crisis. So, please do not stop your citizens from visiting us, because promoting tourism will help us get back to normal, the minister said.

Mrs. Sudarat also reassured tour agencies that Thai sea food is safe to consume, as tour operators have been reluctant to frequent sea food restaurants.

The ministry has advised the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to send teams of officials to inspect sea food at fish ports daily to ensure they are free from contaminations, she said.

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