MoHS holds its daily meeting for preventing COVID-19

A daily meeting on prevention, control measures for the COVID-19 held on 13 February 2020. Photo: MNA
A daily meeting on prevention, control measures for the COVID-19 held on 13 February 2020. Photo: MNA

Permanent Secretary Dr Thet Khaing Win of the Ministry of Health and Sports stressed the need for public cooperation in the ‘Isolation’ and ‘Quarantine’ process under way in Myanmar to prevent the spread of respiratory coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at the daily meeting held at the ministry yesterday morning.
He also pointed out the need to enforce the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Law and ratify the relevant by-laws. The existing in-patients under suspicion and patients under surveillance are required to have the stipulated health advice when they are discharged. It is necessary to continue the surveillance measures upon them after discharge.
He added: “Health awareness campaign should be carried out jointly with the Myanmar Red Cross Society in crowded places in order to reach the public and all walks of life. UNICEF will help in publishing the health information leaflets in Kachin, Shan, Wa and Kokang languages. We need to implement this immediately. We also need to properly learn the analyses on communicable diseases done by China and worldwide through the epidemiology perspective.
We should hold a round of awareness discussions on the detection procedures to be used in all state/region hospitals. Those who are quarantined should be allowed the necessary provisions like employment leave. We should continue the 24/7 hotline service of the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) and inform the states/regions to coordinate with the EOC in the preventive measures being undertaken.
Health officials should present a daily report on the status of distribution of medicines, medical supply and personal protective equipment, on the remaining storage and resource mapping, and on the collaboration work with international development partners. UNICEF and MRCS should be more involved in the health information dissemination to remote villages where the Internet is not accessible,” he added.
The meeting discussed the matters pertaining to the update information on COVID-19, the epidemiology perspective analyses, the progress in health condition of the in-patients under surveillance at the states/regions hospitals and 59 students who were brought back from Wuhan (China), the control and prevention measures at 3 international airports and 27 entry points (both legal and illegal) in 20 townships of 8 states/regions, and the medical examination measure upon people on board the Chinese research vessel Xiang Yang Hong 06 that berthed at Thilawa Jetty on 12 February.
The daily meeting was attended by the Director-General (Public Health & Medical Services Department) of the Ministry of Health and Sports, the Deputy Director-General (Medical Services), the Deputy Director-General (Disease Control), the Deputy Director-General (Planning & Finance), the Director (Communicable Diseases Control – Central), the hospital heads, the CDC professors, the medicinal professors, and health officers among others.—MNA (Translated by Aungthu Ya)

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