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 739 oxygen concentrators and 6,760 test kits were imported via airways at the Yangon International Airport. In addition, 38 tonnes of liquid oxygen, 10 tonnes of liquid oxygen cylinders, 8,640 empty oxygen containers, one oxygen plant, 1,090 home oxygen concentrators, 4,400 PPE suits and 15 tonnes of masks were imported through border trade points and sea ports.
A total of 1,025 tonnes of liquid oxygen, 257 tonnes of liquid oxygen cylinders, 72 tonnes of oxygen cylinders, 12 liquid oxygen storage containers, six oxygen distributors, 129,840 tonnes of empty oxygen containers, 33 oxygen plants, two oxygen refills, 11 oxygen generators, 81,427 home oxygen concentrators, 157,808 test kits, 551,065 PPE suits, 83 tonnes of gloves and 1,293 tonnes of masks have been imported by far in August.
Of 91 bowsers carrying liquid oxygen imported between 1 July and 19 August, 68 of them were distributed to Yangon, 15 to Mandalay, two to Bago, four to Mawlamyine, one each to Thaton and Tnanbyuzayat respectively.
Among 41 oxygen plants, 11 were transported to Yangon, five to Lashio, four to Bago, two to Pakokku, three to Kyaukpadaung, four to Mandalay, two to Hpa-an, two to Mawlamyine, two to Hpa-an, one each to Taunggyi, Thanbyuzayat, Magway, Dawei, Wakema, Myittha, Mogaung and Kyaukdaga respectively.
It is reported that the Ministry of Commerce is allowing the importation of COVID-19 devices in accordance with the SOP priority negotiated by relevant departments, and announcements related to the imports of medical supplies and equipment are posted on commerce.gov.mm.—MNA