MoHS officials inspect broadcast media, sample film shooting to enforce healthcare guidelines

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Deputy Director-General Dr Thandar Lwin and health officials view preparations for shooting at Yegu broadcast facility in Mayangon Township on 4 July. Photo: Hla Moe

Officials from the Ministry of Health and Sports inspected facilities of Forever Group media company and sample shootings at the Film Development Centre and at Bogyoke Park for Bogyoke Aung San biopic in Yangon yesterday.
The health officials suggested guidelines for prevention of COVID-19 in media and film production processes as they arrived at the makeup room, studios, editing room, staff canteen, indoor and outdoor places of Forever Group Company in Mayangon Township, and the company’s broadcast facilities in Dagon Myothit (North).

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Dr Thandar Lwin and party look into sample shooting of Forever Group in Dagon Myothit (North) on 4 July. Photo: Hla Moe

The officials also looked into sample shootings at the Film Development Centre and for Bogyoke Aung San biopic in Bogyoke Park in Bahan Township.
U Pyae Phyo Han, General Manager of Forever Group said: “We follow COVID-19 guidelines such as social distancing of the Ministry of Health and Sports in the works. We also spray disinfectants on production equipment and assign lesser numbers of staff.”
Dr Thandar Lwin, the Deputy Director-General (Disease Control) Department of Public Health said, “We conducted inspection according to the guidelines of the ministry. We mainly scrutinize this industry in two sectors. The first one is to work in social distancing of six feet apart from each other and the next one is to set a time limit not more than 15 miniutes in continuous physical contact as the actors will not wear personal protective equipment during their performance.”

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Dr Thandar Lwin, Deputy Director-General of Public Health, inspects studio (1) of Film Development Centre in Bahan Township on 4 July.  Photo: Hla Moe

Film teams will also need to work far from the fans during the shootings.
The Union Ministers for Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, Ministry of Health and Sports discussed with the officials of Myanmar Motion Picture Organization, film producers and cinema owners to set up COVID-19 preventive plans in their businesses.—Yi Yi Myint (Translated by Khine Thazin Han)

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