Govt provides cash for IDP camps, assistance for COVID-19 temporary quarantine centres in Rakhine

Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement holds virtual meeting and provides cash assistance for IDPs in Rakhine State on 21 August. Photo:MNA
Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement holds virtual meeting and provides cash assistance for IDPs in Rakhine State on 21 August. Photo:MNA

The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement held an online discussion yesterday to provide cash assistance to internally displaced persons at IDP camps in Rakhine State under the Government CERP and to construct temporary quarantine centres for the patients with suspected or confirmed cases COVID-19. Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, Deputy Minister U Soe Aung, ministers of state government, directors-general, deputy directors-general of the ministry joined the meeting.
The Union Minister said that the ministry made preparations since WHO declared coronavirus a pandemic and set standard operating procedure (SOP) for preventing COVID-19 at the IPD camps and refugee camps in Rakhine State. The procedures are also set how to do if some suspected patients are found at the camps and the cash assistance is contributed to construct shelters to place such patients. When the government conducted CERP, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Ministry of Health and Sports and Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement mainly carried out for the sake of people, said the Union Minister, adding the cooperation works to settle the current difficulties of Rakhine State government.
The Director-General of Social Welfare Department and the Deputy Director-General of Rehabilitation Department briefed the programmes regarding cash assistance to elderly between the age of 80 and 85 years, people with disabilities and expecting mothers across the nation for one time under CERP. They continuously explained that the MCCT programme intends to support cash assistance to the pregnant women in Rakhine State until their child reaches two years old and so they would not be concerned with this one-time cash assistance programme. But they will receive the assistance of MCCT programme in accordance with the rules set in COVID-19 pandemic. Director of Rakhine State Disaster Management Department presented a total of K1,604,120,000 cash assistance for 40,103 households at IDP camps in Rakhine State under CERP and K266,400,000 to construct 30 Long Houses to place the infected or suspected patients under the ministry’s plan to the Rakhine State Chief Minister.—MNA (Translated by Khine Thazin Han)

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