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April 01, 2020

MoHS holds coordination meeting on preventive measures against COVID-19

Ministry of Health and Sports holds the coordination meeting 34/2020  on prevention and control of COVID-19 infection. Photo: MNA
Ministry of Health and Sports holds the coordination meeting 34/2020 on prevention and control of COVID-19 infection. Photo: MNA

Foreign visitors from the seven countries with a significant number of COVID-19 cases will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days when they arrived in Myanmar, with the measures beginning on 14 March.
Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe presided over the coordination meeting 34/2020 of his office on the preventive measures against the acute respiratory disease, held at the ministry’s office in Yangon yesterday.
He said that MoHS is making crucial decisions on the prevention of the virus and deaths, including the orders to ban entertainments and festivals, and advised the public to follow the government’s measures against this disease.
The Union Minister also appreciated medics, nurses, health workers and laboratory staff for their benevolent attitudes in their professions, as well as local and international well-wishers for their contributions in the COVID-19 prevention works of Myanmar. As the risk of transmission is high in closed rooms, the MoHS will discuss with the YBS operator about their air-conditioned bus in Yangon city. The ministry has also planned to use the Public Health Training School in Hlegu Township and the stadium of Theinbyu sports ground as the quarantine centres.
He also suggested using hand speakers for public awareness campaigns against the virus at the highway bus terminals of Yangon and other regions.
The ministry has instructed to install washbasins at hospitals across the country.
At the meeting, health officials discussed the daily update situation reports of WHO, the ministry’s surveillance on the disease, foreign news about the virus spread, the works of Public Health University in Yangon, public awareness programmes, participation of Myanmar Red Cross Society in transferring the patients, trainings for laboratory tests and accumulation of medicines and related items.—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)

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