The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement organized a virtual meeting yesterday to discuss issues related to cooperation in the Community-based COVID-19 Prevention and Control Special Project via videoconferencing.
During the meeting, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye (Secretary of National Volunteer Steering Unit) said that at present, COVID-19 response strategies are being changed as needed in accordance with circumstances. He added that as community-based COVID-19 response efforts, it is important to develop more effective ways to control the disease.
He said that the meeting also aims to help Nay Pyi Taw Council Area authorities and regional governments in COVID-19 response efforts.
Regarding changing strategies, the Ministry of Health and Sports is coordinating with the Yangon Region government to carry out community-based COVID-19 prevention and control programmes.
He said Myanmar has many volunteers, including experts, people who have received training of Trainers programme and multiplier course for volunteer, and ambulance drivers. He continued that those volunteers need to be effectively integrated into community-based COVID-19 response efforts. The Union Minister also pointed out that the citizens also need to have a clear understanding of the changing strategies of COVID-19 response efforts. He also called on all the stakeholders to work together for the success of the community-based COVID-19 control process.
The Deputy Minister, the Permanent Secretary, Directors-General, regional ministers for social affairs, officials from the Ministry of Health and Sports and the General Administration Department, Directors from regional Department of Social Welfare, officials from Myanmar Medical Association, members of Myanmar Youth Affairs Committee and Myanmar Red Cross Society participated in the discussions.
In his closing speech, the Union Minister said that he believes that the Community-based COVID-19 Control Special Project will be successful in States and Regions because of collaborative efforts. —MNA (Translated by Maung Maung Swe)