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COVID test kits totalling 9,000 to be distributed in Magway

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A health worker is taking swab from a man in Magway.  Photo: Zayyatu (Magway)

About 9,000 test kits will be distributed to Public Health Departments in 25 townships of Magway Region to conduct COVID tests, according to the Magway Region Public Health Department. “At present, some 4,000 test kits were distributed already to some Health Departments in the townships for the first time. The remaining 5,000 test kits will be delivered soon,” said Dr Khin Maung Than, Assistant Director of the Magway Region Public Health Department.
The test kits first started detecting on 5 October a total of 31 truck drivers and conductors, entering from Rakhine State. They were tested in Ngaphe Township Pyin Wa checkpoint, and two of them were found COVID-19 positive.
Similarly, about 50 trucks drivers and conductors were tested at Minbu Township vehicle terminal and three of them were found COVID-19 positive, said U San Htay, the Administrator from Minbu District.
“The health staff and the people who had contact with the suspected patients a started undergoing detecting with the use of test kits. The truck drives and conductors who are crossing on board the trucks to ensure the smooth flow the goods in line with the guidance of the ministry of health and sports are also being tested recently with the test kits,” said Dr Khin Maung Than.
On 6 October, one truck driver was found COVID-19 positive when he was tested with the use of the test kits. The report of confirmed patients has increased these days after experimenting with the test kits, which can give the results in 30 minutes, according to Magway Region Public Health Department. —Zayyatu (Magway) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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