10 Mar '11, 4am

AsiaOne_Health More control measures needed for fish spas: Thailand:

AsiaOne_Health More control measures needed for fish spas: Thailand:

Following the move by several countries to ban fish spas due to concerns about hygiene, the Public Health Ministry yesterday said it might follow suit. There are some 1,341 fish spas in Thailand. "We will convene a meeting with fish-spa operators and make them understand what needs to be done," Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said yesterday. He added that the Health Service Support Department (HSSD) was given the job of determining if extra measures should be taken to ensure users' safety. "The operators have to be strict about checking users' feet for wounds, and the water should always be clean," he said, adding that open wounds would spread germs in the water and put other users at risk. HSSD director-general Dr Somchai Pinyopornpanich disclosed that his agency was already discussing the issue with the Department of Fisheries and the Department of Health so as...

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