The Ministry of Commerce is making continuous efforts to import the anti-COVID-19 equipment including liquid oxygen, oxygen gas, household oxygen concentrators, and medicines via sea, air and border routes on public holidays together with the ministry concerned in accordance with the SOP.
A total of 6,343 oxygen concentrators, 30 empty oxygen cylinders, 1,400 test kits, 1,000 PPE suits and 14 tonnes of masks arrived at the Yangon International Airport yesterday, while nine tonnes of liquid oxygen cylinders at the international port. Moreover, 38 tonnes of liquid oxygen on bowsers, 41 tonnes of liquid oxygen cylinders, 8,894 empty oxygen cylinders, eight oxygen plants, 7,495 home oxygen concentrators, 1,400 test kits, 20,600 PPE suits, 10 tonnesof gloves and 75 tonnes of masks were imported via Muse, Lwejel, Chinshwehaw, Myawady, Kanpaitee and Tachilek border trade checkpoints. These materials were transported by 61 vehicles of 39 companies.
A total of 555 tonnes of liquid oxygen on bowsers, 149 tonnes of oxygen liquid, 65 tonnes of oxygen gas cylinders, 71,106 empty oxygen containers, 15 oxygen plants, nine oxygen generators, 58,770 home oxygen concentrators, 143,042 test kits, 325,892 PPE suits, 50 tonnes of gloves and 801 tonnes of masks have been imported so far in August.
In July, a total of 727 tonnes of liquid oxygen, 567 tonnes of liquid oxygen cylinder,114 tonnes of oxygen gas cylinders, 40,491 empty oxygen containers, 69,146 household oxygen concentrators, eight oxygen plants, 11 oxygen generators, four oxygen filling machines, 322,878 test kits, 1,104 tonnes of mask and 182,975 PPE suits were imported.
From July to 10 August, the liquid oxygen was imported in 61 bowsers. Of them, 45 bowsers led to Yangon, 11 to Mandalay, two each to Bago and Mawlamyine and one to Thaton. Of 23 oxygen plants, four were distributed to Yangon, another four to Lashio, three to Bago, two to Pakokku and one each to Mandalay, Taunggyi, Thanbyuzayat, Magway, Hpa-an, Dawei, Wakema, Myittha and Kyaukpadaung townships.
The Ministry of Commerce has posted contact persons and department announcements on the Ministry’s website, Commerce.gov.mm, to access direct contact with relevant authorities if assistance is needed.—MNA