A symposium on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome took place at the Myanmar Medical Association office in Mandalay on 4 July.
On the occasion, Director-General Prof Dr Myint Han of the Department of Medical Care said health officials in Mandalay Region gained experiences in surveillance and prevention of Ebola, MERS and SARS, as well as H1N1 and H5N1 flu strains as part of preparations for the 2013 SEA Games. The director-general pledged to upgrade Kandaw Nadi Hospital as a specialty hospital for infectious diseases in Mandalay.
He stressed the need to systematically raise health awareness at entry points to the country.
Head of Mandalay Region Public Health Department Dr Win Naing spoke about supervision and surveillance of diseases at TadaU International Airport and NyaungU Airport in addition to railway stations, ports and bus terminals.
Dr Win Naing invited medical personnel from private clinics to join hands with the government in prevention of MERS.
Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)