MCCPMD collaborates with MoHS, FDA for medical supplies amid Covid-19 threat

“We are now negotiating with the Ministry of Health and Sports to prevent an outbreak of the global pandemic in Myanmar and to quickly import necessary pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Moreover, the association is also coordinating with the Department of Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” said Chairman U Zaw Moe Khine of Myanmar Chamber of Commerce for Pharmaceutical & Medical Device (MCCPMD).
Although there have been no COVID-19 cases yet in the country MCCPMD is making arrangements to avert a shortage of medical supplies.
The related departments will assist in the import of high-quality medicines and medical equipment to Myanmar. The association will open the office six days per week to issue import permits for the medical supplies dealers.
“We met with the officials from the affiliated organizations. People are also worried about the price of the products because of the COVID-19 crisis. So, we collaborated to control the price. We also invited the officials from the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF), Myanmar Rice & Paddy Traders Association (MRPTA), and Myanmar Edible Oil Dealers’ Association (MEODA) and the medical-related associations. What I understand is that there won’t be an insufficiency of rice and cooking oil in Myanmar. There will be enough supply for local consumption. But we may have a bit of difficulty having the medicines and medical supplies. Even though we want to import them, they won’t arrive in time. Exporter countries may have some restrictions or they could not manufacture in time. We need to think about that. We have discussed such issues as how we’re going to import and sell medicines and medical devices. In this case, the related ministries and federation will assist as much as they can, said UMFCCI Chairman U Zaw Min Win.
Additionally, importers and dealers of pharmaceuticals & medical devices can request assistance in having the licence and recommendations.
For those who would like to distribute and support the medicines and medical equipment for use in prevention and response activities, treatment, and diagnosis of COVID-19, they may contact the following phone 09-420901003 of the association.
MCCPMD was founded in 1999 and it has committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Myanmar. MCCPMD plays an industry’s leading voice, organizational, educational and facilitator roles locally and internationally.—Khin Yadana (Translated by Hay Mar)

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