Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Thet Khaing Win presided over a coordination meeting for COVID-19 prevention yesterday.
During the meeting, the Union Minister discussed the current outbreak of COVID-19 across the world, including the neighbouring countries of Myanmar, measures to prevent from occurring new COVID-19 wave, new confirmed cases of the country, lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, including travel restrictions.
The Union Minister also said the people should individually follow the preventive measures. The business sectors should follow the health rules without fail as the ministry eased some travel restrictions.
The current preventive measures will be revised if necessary. The officials will make plans to accelerate the lab tests as there are enough medical supplies.
The lab tests are being conducted at the National Health Laboratory of the ministry and at other private health labs. Therefore, it needs to conduct COVID-19 health checks on travellers from some regions to another.
He then highlighted the entry and exit of border gates as the infection rate is increasing in the neighbouring countries. It should cooperate with the healthcare workers and authorities of Thailand, India and Bangladesh. There would be strict rules at the border gates to prevent the spread of new variants of Coronavirus. Moreover, the returnees via border areas must follow the health rules set by the ministry.
He then emphasized the second wave of COVID-19 in August 2020, preparations, public awareness programmes for those who received COVID-19 vaccines, disease surveillance and information systems in freight transport that should be streamlined in the health sector without affecting the State economy.
He also discussed the preparations to transport the lab samples, contract system for healthcare workers and cooperation work with the heads of regions/states public health.
The health officials of respective departments then clarified COVID-19-related matters, and the Union Minister concluded the meeting. — MNA