Greetings to all the distinguished TAGE members. I am Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pradermchai Kongkam, the President of TAGE. On behalf of the Executive Board, I would like to thank you all gratefully for having been cooperating in our activities for two years. All projects are progressing well, and I would like to sincerely apologize for any mistakes made either intentionally or unintentionally and accept responsibility for them. Also, I do really appreciate and accept your valuable suggestions in order to maximize our capability and potential to the benefit of the medical and public health fields, especially the gastrointestinal endoscopy in Thailand and the neighboring countries.
Today is March 26, 2020; and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-9) has become a national emergency in Thailand as well as the world emergency. At present, there is extensive information on the virus; so the Executive Board, our experts, and I have created statements for management of the endoscopy unit during this time. The statements are compiling all of the official suggestions from several reliable sources, that is, reliable international gastrointestinal endoscopy journals. The suggestions and guidelines can be found in TAGE’s official sites.
It is widely acknowledged that COVID-19 is an emerging health threat, so the knowledge and information on the virus are limited and always updated. Thus, the data and guidelines we have now might be out of date in the future. Lastly, I wish you all happiness, health and prosperity. Kindly adopt the provided information and suggestions according to your resources and conditions.
Pradermchai Kongkam, MD
President of the Thai Association for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (TAGE)