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 1,467 oxygen concentrators were imported via airways at the Yangon International Airport. In addition, 20 tonnes of liquid oxygen, 9 tonnes of liquid oxygen with oxygen cylinders, 1,690 empty oxygen containers, 2,056 home oxygen concentrators, 15,500 PPE suits, 10 tonnes of gloves and 53 tonnes of masks were imported through border trade points.
A total of 942 tonnes of liquid oxygen, 72 tonnes of oxygen cylinders, 7 liquid oxygen containers, 6 oxygen distributors, 101,291 empty oxygen containers, 22 oxygen plants, 10 oxygen generators, 72,560 oxygen concentrators, 150,268 test kits, 488,512 PPE suits, 82 tonnes of gloves and 1,036 tonnes of masks have been imported by far in August.
Of 77 liquid oxygen bowsers imported between 1 July and 15 August, 59 of them were distributed to Yangon, 11 to Mandalay, 4 to Mawlamyine, 2 to Bago and 1 to Thaton respectively. Among 30 oxygen plants, 5 were transported to Lashio, 4 each to Yangon and Bago, 3 to Mandalay, 2 each to Pakokku, Hpa-an, and Mawlamyine, one each to Taunggyi, Thanbyuzayat, Magway, Dawei, Wakema, Myittha, Kyaukpadaung and Mogaung respectively.
The Ministry on 8 August announced that the border trade points will not be suspended from work on declared public holidays, from 9 to 15 August, and import operations will be conducted as usual. The importation of COVID-19 devices will be allowed in accordance with the SOP priority, negotiated by relevant departments, and online import licence application will also be allowed as usual during the office hours.—MNA