The Ministry of Commerce is working hard to ensure people have access to essential medical supplies which are critical to the COVID-19 prevention, control and treatment activities, including liquid oxygen and oxygen cylinders, arranging the continuous importation on public holidays.
Yesterday, a total of 1,377 oxygen concentrators, 4,328 PPE suits, one ton of glove and 25 tonnes of masks were imported via airways at the Yangon International Airport. In addition, one oxygen plant, 149 liquid oxygen on bowsers, 31 tonnes of liquid oxygen cylinders, four storage containers, 5,014 empty oxygen cylinders, four oxygen plants, one oxygen generator, 3,735 oxygen concentrators, 25,528 PPE suits, one tonne of glove and 86 tonnes of masks were imported through border trade points and seaports.
A total of 947 tonnes of liquid oxygen, 219 tonnes of oxygen cylinders, 72 tonnes of oxygen gas cylinders, 12 liquid oxygen storage containers, six oxygen distributors, 111,919 empty oxygen containers, 26 oxygen plants, two oxygen refills, 11 oxygen generators, 77,639 oxygen concentrators, 151,048 test kits, 522,190 PPE suits, 83 tonnes of gloves and 1,191 tonnes of masks were imported in August.
Of 87 liquid oxygen bowsers imported between 1 July and 17 August, 65 of them drove to Yangon, 15 to Mandalay, two to Bago, four to Mawlamyine and one to Thaton respectively. Among 34 oxygen plants, five were transported to Yangon, five to Lashio, four to Bago, another four to Mandalay, three to Kyaukpadaung, two each to Pakokku, Hpa-an and Mawlamyine, and one each to Taunggyi, Thanbyuzayat, Magway, Dawei, Wakema, Myittha and Mogaung respectively.
It is reported that the Ministry of Commerce is allowing the importation of COVID-19 devices in accordance with the SOP priority negotiated by relevant departments, and announcements related to the imports of medical supplies and equipment are posted on commerce.gov.mm.—MNA