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U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Nick Hall looks at flooded neighborhoods during an aerial assessment of Pathum Thani, Sai Mai, and surrounding areas north of Bangkok, Oct. 28, 2011. (DTI/Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense /Cpl. Robert J. Maurer)

Acteon cancels Bangkok seminar over floods

By Dental Tribune Asia Pacific
November 14, 2011

BANGKOK, Thailand/MÉRIGNAC CEDEX, France: Dental Tribune ONLINE has learned that Acteon has stopped organisation efforts for a seminar on bone management to be held in the capital of Thailand in early 2012. Owing to the floods that are still affecting Thailand's capital, a safe environment for holding such an event is compromised, the French dental manufacturer said in a statement.

The seminar was to be held from 10 to 11 January at the Grand Millennium Sukhumvit, a five-star hotel located in Bangkok's central Watthana District. The company had invited a number of international speakers, including renowned oral surgeon Dr. Fred Bergmann from Germany and Prof. Fumihiko Watanabe from the Nippon Dental University in Japan, to hold lectures and hands-on courses.

"As the Thai government is still very concerned about inhabitants' safety and of hygiene conditions, we do not want the attendees to take any risk," International Marketing Director Robert P. Gregoire told Dental Tribune ONLINE. "Our priority is to support our Thai office and our personnel there to repair the damages and move on."

General Manager of Acteon Thailand and seminar project leader Junichi Wakabayashi said that participants who have completed the registration procedure for the seminar will receive a full refund of their registration fees.

According to the latest figures from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in Thailand, more than 500 people have died since the flooding began in July. The catastrophe could also have a severe impact on the country's already strained political and economic system, experts say

 

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