January 6, 2019 Cholangiocarcinoma Research Institute, Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation and network organized CCA Run for Life: 1st Mini Marathon and Concert to campaign for eradication of liver flukes and cholangiocarcinoma, which is an agendum of Khon Kaen province under the theme, “Fluke Free Thailand”. Khon Kaen Governor Dr. Somsak Jungtrakoon presided over the opening ceremony and Khon Kaen University President Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Triratanasirichai conveyed a reporting speech. Among the audience were Mr. Itthipon Sungkhaeng, Inspector General of Health Area 7, Ministry of Public Health; Dr. Somchaichot Piyawatwela, Khon Kaen Public Health Physician, Prof. Dr. Kanok Wongtra-ngan, CASCAP Consultant, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Apichat Jirawuttipong, Director of Srinagarind Hospital; Khun Surapon Petwara, member of Khon Kaen University Council; Prof. Dr. Puangrat Yongwanit, President of Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation; Khun Araya Phupanit, Deputy Manager of Siam Commercial Bank’s Social Activities and Communications and Khun Mike Piromporn. Over 1,600 runners joined in the Mini Marathon 10.5 km and Super Fun run 6.5 km. CCA Run for Life is also a fund mobilizing activity to help patients with Cholangiocarcinoma.
Khon Kaen Governor Dr. Somsak Jungtrakoon said on behalf of Khon Kaen Province that he was pleased to support the campaign to acknowledge people about prevention of liver fluke disease and Cholangiocarcinoma under the theme ”Fluke Free Thailand” and the “CCA Run for Life” activity this time. He will push the solving of liver fluke disease and Cholangiocarcinoma to become Khon Kaen agenda and make this agenda become the prototype for other provinces and meet the national decade strategy to eradicate liver fluke disease and Cholangiocarcinoma (2016-2025).
Khon Kaen University President Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Triratanasirichairaw said that Isan people’s eating of raw fish is not owing to preference but a culture. Therefore, it is hard to change. In order to do away with liver flukes, we must start with children, by educating and by arranging continuous activities to raise awareness. This activity is also arranged for people to become aware of the disease and supports the goal of Khon Kaen to become fluke free.
“Over the past 30 years, Khon Kaen University has never stopped from developing innovations that will solve liver fluke disease and Cholangiocarcinoma. There is the screening of patients with liver fluke and Cholangiocarcinoma by ultrasound, by urine sample, which has become the first of its kind in the world. The urine sample testing kit has been produced in a hundred thousand and distributed to hospitals all over the country. We hope that continuing campaign by educating people will create a new social value of ‘no raw fish, no raw fermented fish, no pickled fish’. We can eat them cooked, which is also delicious,” said the president.
CCA Run for Life was divided into the Mini Marathon of 10.5 km and the Super Fun run of 6.5 km. Over 1,600 runners joined from everywhere. At the event, there are exhibitions of liver fluke disease and Cholangiocarcinoma from various research studies under the Fluke Free Thailand theme. The evening session featured a forum on “Preventable and treatable Cholangiocarcinoma”, a performance by Ratree Sriwilai, Queen of Mo Lam, songs from Mike Piromporn and a concert by “MILD” band. The evening ended with a meeting to brainstorm ideas for solving liver fluke disease and Cholangiocarcinoma.