COVID testing fees reduced by K10,000 for truck drivers, mates


By Nyein Nyein
The COVID-19 testing fees for the truck drivers and the conductors have been reduced by K10,000, according to the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI). In order to ensure smooth flow of the cargoes, the health authorities have ordered conducting of the swab tests on the truck drivers and helpers using the rapid antigen test kits, and the cost is K20,000 per person. Now, the price has been reduced to K10,000 per person. Although the testing fees for COVID-19 have been reduced, we want the authorities to extend the time of 72 hours COVID-19 clearance certificate, said U Kyaw Thu, the secretary of the Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association.
“It is good for reducing the COVID-19 testing fees for the drivers and helpers. However, we need to have the certificate for a longer period. The certificates last for only 72 hours. The period of 72 hours is not enough for investigation and travelling time. Instead of 72 hours, we requested to extend up to 10 or 14 days,” he added.
Moreover, the related state and regional authorities, who have to follow the Union Government instructions, may have a problem to change the rules for the truck drivers. So, the flow of the trucks will be delayed with the consequence of the rising of the commodities prices, he added. On 9 October, Yangon Region government Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and the UMFCCI chairman and the officials held a videoconference to ensure systematic operation of the permitted businesses and smooth flow of the cargoes in stay home period in Yangon region.
At the conference, they discussed the threefold detecting through the use of the test kits, issuance of COVID-19 clearance certificates and reducing the test kit fees to K10,000 per person from K20,000 per head.
Moreover, they have also discussed buying of test kits for Yangon region, formulation of a systematic technology for the health and transportation sectors, cooperation with the federation to have accurate data when they collect the list of the employees and labours who fail to contribute SSB, proper operation of the factories and workplaces, making preparations for survival and/or recovery of the businesses in the post-stay home period and giving priority to the local businesses, according to UMFCCI. (Translated by Hay Mar)

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