MoSWRR emphasizes on COVID-19 awareness, spiritual uplifting campaigns at quarantine sites

Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye holding the Video Conference in connection with the prevention, containment and treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID -19) yesterday. Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye holding the Video Conference in connection with the prevention, containment and treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID -19) yesterday. Photo: MNA

Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement organized a Video Conference in connection with the prevention, containment and treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID -19) yesterday morning.
The conference focused on awareness and spiritual uplifting campaigns at Community Based Facility Quarantines in Nay Pyi Taw Council Area and regions and states, with the public involvement and support.
In his keynote speech at the meeting Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye said the Covid-19 containment and emergency response is a task that tolerates no delays or postponements. Well-timed operations and virus containment undertakings should be carried most effectively with the least manpower, he noted. The Union Minister said the participants are taking part in the meeting from their homes, thanks to the advancing information technology. As regards the virus prevention and containment, awareness campaigns are essential for the persons under quarantine to understand well why they are being place in isolation. As one of the modes of transmission of Covid-19 is through body contacts, quarantine may be the best way for the containment of the virus. The awareness of the modes of transmission should be carried out in a language that is comprehensible.
Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye went on to say that as wards, villages and communities should prevent the spread of the virus through quarantine as it will be an honour for them if they can prevent and contain the virus that is a pandemic. He spoke of the need to disseminate correct information about Covid-19 and to conduct spiritual uplifting undertakings. The Union Minister said people will have to observe the directives issued by the Ministry of Health and Sports and the relevant departments after the completion of their 14-day quarantine. By doing so, they can save themselves and their families and communities.
He said texts for the awareness campaigns must be compiled and presented to the Central Committee to Prevent, Contain and Treat Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for approval and the approved texts should be recorded or stated on the posters to be effected at crowded places. The work needs the involvement of volunteers. These volunteers must be provided with training, and dos and don’ts should be disseminated. The town-wise volunteer list compiled by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement must be rechecked, and coordination should be made with the General Administration Department and the Ministry of Health and Sports to form a systematic joint task force.
Deputy Minister U Soe Aung discussed the formation of a coordination team that will serve as a bridge between the Covid-19 containment and emergency response subcommittees at region and state and district and township levels and social organizations and volunteers, who will join hands with the subcommittees in Covid-19 prevention, containment and awareness campaigns.
The Union Minister, the Deputy Minister, directors general, deputy directors general, directors and officials discussed the compilation and approval of the texts for the awareness campaigns targeting the persons placed under quarantine, the use of load speakers in conducting frequent dissemination programs at the places where quarantines take place, posting of awareness posters, conducting online trainings for the effectiveness of spiritual uplifting campaigns against causing terror, fear, sorrow, anxieties and loss of faith among the people placed under quarantine, and announcing of Hot Line numbers for counselling services. MNA  (Translated by TMT)

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