Health and Sports Union Minister discusses preparation for accepting returnees from Thailand, China with regional COVID-19 frontline fighters

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Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe holds the video conference with healthcare providers and officials yesterday.   Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe holds the video conference with healthcare providers and officials yesterday.  Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe held a video conference with frontline health workers and officials from Kayin State, Mon State and Taninthayi Region, discussing measures for accepting returnees from Thailand and China and for prevention and containment of the COVID-19 disease. Speaking at the meeting, the Union Minister called for systematic project plans for prevention and containment of COVID-19 disease in preparation for accepting Myanmar migrant workers from Thailand. He urged them to take measures which are more systematic than current ones for accepting the returnees in terms of providing health checks, transporting to their native towns following the health guidelines and providing facility quarantine to them at designated places. As 58 per cent of the infection patients in Myanmar do not show symptoms of the COVID-19 disease, the spread of the disease can be controlled only through facility quarantine and travel restriction and following the health guidelines announced by the Ministry of Health and Sports, he said. The Union Minister urged the frontline fighters to make strenuous efforts for prevention and containment of the disease in efforts to relieve from the current burden on their shoulders in coming weeks and months. Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe also urged the heads of regional and state health departments to keep on watching the nationwide updated information on COVID-19 on the website of the ministry so that they can take necessary measures that should be done in their respective regions. Afterwards, Kayin State Social Affairs Minister U Saw Bo Bo Wai Maung, Mon State Social Affairs Minister Dr Htein Lin and Taninthayi Region Social Affairs and Development Affairs Minister U Ho Pin reported on arrangements for accepting the returnees, for facility quarantine and transporting the returnees to their respective towns following health guidelines. Next, heads of region and state health departments reported on infectious disease preparedness in cooperation with regional authorities. They also reported on preparation for opening fever clinics in their respective regions and challenges. The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister for Health and Sports Dr Mya Lay Sein, Permanent Secretary of the ministry Prof. Dr Thet Khaing Win, Director-General of the Office of the Union Minister Dr Thar Tun Kyaw and officials concerned.—MNA (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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