The Public Health Ministry on Wednesday launched a health promotion campaign to reduce health risks among the country's 40 million people aged between 15 and 59, Public Health Minister Wittaya Buranasiri said.
Presiding over the ceremony to launch the campaign in Ayutthaya, the minister cited a 2009 report that one in 10 working people suffered from a chronic disease, the top three of which were coronary artery disease (32 per cent), diabetes (21 per cent) and respiratory disease (27 per cent).
The ministry would collaborate with Labour and Industry ministries to set the criteria for a disease-free, safe-environment business establishment to take care of employees who spent about 53,000 hours at workplaces.
The campaign will include campaigning for healthy food, no smoking and stress reduction. In the first year, it would have one pilot establishment per province and the three pilot companies were Honda, Toyota and Canon.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said 19 billion people of working-age – including 170 million child labourers – were at risk of a health problem – and that 51 per cent of them suffered from non-contractible chronic diseases such as coronary artery disease.