Miss Sweeya Santipitaks, Consul-General of Thailand in Kolkata delivered remarks addressing Indians and international audience in West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, on 5 December 2020, on the occasion of the National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand, the Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great, and Thailandâs Fatherâs Day, during the âNew Normalâ online Thai National Day programme broadcast via the Royal Thai Consulate-Generalâs facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thaikolkata.
In her speech, the Consul-General of Thailand highlighted His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great, Rama IX and other members of the Thai Royal Familyâs contribution for the betterment of Thai peopleâs livelihoods. To internationally recognise His Majestyâs work on soil development and counterdesertification, the United Nations General Assembly and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have declared 5 December of every year as the âWorld Soil Dayâ. Consul-General further elaborated the contribution of the Thai Royal Family, particularly in the fields of public health, which proves especially relevant today in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Under the reign of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua, Rama X, the legacy of His Majesty the king father is being preserved and perpetuated. In 2019 and 2020, His Majesty has donated medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and medical institutions throughout Thailand. Siam Bioscience, biopharmaceutical company created in 2009 under the auspices of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great, has signed an agreement to partner with UK-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to produce and supply potential COVID-19 vaccine AZD1222, developed by the University of Oxford, UK, for Thailand and Southeast Asian countries. This is to cite only some of the King of Thailandâs legacies which outlived His Majestyâs lifetime and even now still represents hope for the humanity.
According to Miss Santipitaks, the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Kolkata, apart from being kept busy with repatriation flights and facilitation for the homebound journey of Thai nationals stranded during the COVID-19 lockdown in eastern India, has donated medical equipment comprising 2 ventilators and 1 ICU patient bed worth 3.76 Lakh Indian Rupees to reinforce public health capacity of Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital in Gaya, Bihar. The donation was part of the volunteerism and charity project under the auspices of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua, in commemoration of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great.
Recently, the World Health Organisation has recognised Thailandâs efforts in tackling COVID-19 pandemic, and urged âall countries to follow Thailandâ on fighting against Coronavirus pandemic. Thailandâs success is the fruit of actions resulting from evidence-based decision making, strong health systems and the cooperation of all sectors in Thai society.
On the last note, the Consul-General of Thailand called upon Thailand and India to continue working in close cooperation along with the international community in order for humanity to earn a sustainable triumph over this
unprecedented pandemic of the century.
Alongside the Consul-General of Thailand in Kolkataâs remarks, visitors on the Thai Missionâs facebook page could also find Prime Minister of Thailandâs remarks on the said occasion of Thai National Day, as well as a short video documentary âForging of Royal Tiesâ about His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit The Queen Motherâs State visits to many foreign countries, and the video summarising the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Kolkataâs activities from December last year till now.