CHIANG MAI PROVINCE, Kingdom of Thailand --
Thai medical leaders and military medical professionals from multiple nations participated in a medical symposium during Cobra Gold 2013 Feb. 15 in Chiang Mai, Kingdom of Thailand.
The multinational symposium allowed subject matter experts to exchange best practices to enhance collective efforts to combat dengue fever, melioidosis and other diseases common in Southeast Asia.
“I think this symposium is a wonderful start to taking a step in sharing that information,” said Rear Adm. Raquel C. Bono, U.S. Pacific Command command surgeon. “We have representation from other countries, (such as) Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan, here at the conference. There are many areas of medicine and science that we can share and that we should be sharing with one another. Together, we can always address the challenges of humanity.”
In addition, the conference addressed emergency medical service requirements following disasters such as flooding, tsunamis and earthquakes by analyzing real-world scenarios.
“I think in the world right now, we are more interconnected,” said Dr. Pasakorn Akarasewi, Thai Ministry of Public Health. “We are working to protect the health of the people and the country. So, I see that this is a good effort to bring together public health and local health. When something went wrong like disaster, like major outbreaks, we have
a chance to connect together.”
The medical symposium was collaboratively planned by the Royal Thai Armed Forces, U.S. military, and the Thailand Office of Health to enhance regional relationships with partner nations.
In addition to the symposium, multinational military forces participating in Cobra Gold are conducting humanitarian and civic assistance projects at six sites across Thailand.
In its 32nd iteration, CG 13 is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective response to regional crises by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region.
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