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May 28, 2020

Daily COVID-19 central-level coord meeting stresses cooperation in prevention

The daily central-level coordination meeting on preparedness and response to COVID-19 held meeting no. 45/2020 with a video conference on 30 March.
Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe and the Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye attended the meeting.
In his address to the meeting, Dr Myint Htwe said they had began preparations for COVID-19 since January and have since adapted their strategies to the changing situation. He said people who have recently been to infected countries are put under quarantine either at home, in hotels or hospitals.
The Union Minister said the quarantine measures follow a checklist and urged everyone under quarantine to cooperate. He said people who have been in close proximity to people with positive cases will be tested for infection and also quarantined if deemed necessary. The Union Minister highlighted Mandalay General Hospital’s decision to separate the outpatient department for people with illnesses and people coming in for checkups and asked the other state/regional hospitals to adapt this measure.
Next, Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye gave his address where he stressed the importance of implementing early protection against the virus and knowing how to prevent it from spreading should a person get infected. He said the Ministry of Health and Sports alone cannot monitor whether quarantined persons are following the rules, and this requires cooperation from the state/regional government and General Administration Department. Networking with civil society organizations, offering counseling services in quarantined areas, searching for people who have been physically close to those with positive cases, and raising health awareness are duties of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement as well, said Dr Win Myat Aye. The meeting was also attended by Deputy Minister for Health and Sports Dr Mya Lay Sein, Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung, and the permanent secretaries, the directors-general and officials from both ministries.—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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