Supervision of the relevant authorities and good cooperation of the people help drop disease infection to an extent: Senior General

Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister of the Provisional Government of Myanmar Senior General Min Aung Hlaing addressed the 9th coordination meeting on COVID-19 prevention, control and treatment activities yesterday morning in Nay Pyi Taw.
The meeting was also attended by Vice-Chairman of the State Administration Council Deputy Prime Minister Vice-Senior General Soe Win, members of the Council, Union Ministers, Tatmadaw Officials, and the Region/State Chief Ministers joined the meeting through videoconferencing.
Firstly, Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister of the Provisional Government Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said the rate of COVID-19 disease infection has dropped due to the supervision of the relevant authorities and the good cooperation of the people, adding the need to diagnose the contact persons of the COVID-19 positive patients in order to continue to reduce the infection and to be cautious despite the decline rate in virus infection.
He said the COVID-19 outbreak has caused travel problems and affected production, and amid the striving for living, there are people trading foods and essential medicines with greed. Due to systematic inspections, the high prices of medicines have returned to normal in recent months in Yangon and Mandalay.
The Government has been making a concerted effort to get the COVID-19 vaccines during the difficult time to provide the people with the vaccines as soon as possible, as vaccinated people are more resistant to the disease infection, he continued. The Prime Minister stressed the need to effectively take action against the traders of counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines.

He continued that the Ministry of Information is conducting education programmes and the respective regions and states should accelerate the educative campaigns, especially in ethnic areas.

Afterwards, those present at the meeting discussed the preventive measures of variant viruses spreading in the neighbouring countries; the need to use oxygen cylinders with SOP guidelines; disaster preparedness in various hospitals; healthcare service to be provided to healthcare workers; posting of immunization status on WHO and ASEAN Websites; vaccine arrival and status of re-orders and coordination to re-purchase; status of plans to develop COVID-19 vaccine locally; international humanitarian assistant of COVID-19 vaccines and related equipment; importation status of essential medical supplies; education programmes on healthcare and entertainment programmes on newspapers, television and radio; primary foods being sold in mobile carts to avoid food shortages; services in quarantine centres and construction of oxygen plants, production of essential medical supplies locally; operation of garment factories under the COVID-19 guidelines; COVID-19 vaccines plantation of more than 80,000 factories workers as of 22 August and further plans.
Union Ministers for the respective regions and states briefed on the COVID-19 vaccinations in the regions of ethnic armed forces; implementation to vaccinate more than 5 million IDPs in Kachin State, Shan State, Kayin State and Rakhine State in this week, and the systematic record of vaccinated people in regions and states.

The Chairman of the State Administration Council said to encourage the operation of garment factories under the COVID-19 guidelines and to coordinate as necessary.
In his concluding speech, the SAC Chairman Prime Minister said that it needs to conduct healthcare services including prevention, control and treatment activities continuously as the mutation of COVID-19 is occurring. The WHO and other health organizations set the norms and all should follow them. The relevant organizations and heads of respective regions/states also should strictly control the public in order to follow the health rules.
He then stressed the need to upgrade the hospitals, establish the township, station and district hospitals by observing the figures of international hospitals and set up the ICU for other diseases. He also pleaded that the government will provide cash assistance in implementing these operations. The hospital staff, Tatmadaw and social organizations need to cooperate for these processes including the upgrade of hospitals and cleansing operations.
Regarding the need for oxygen, he said,” What I want to say now is oxygen-related matters. The oxygen demand rose in June and July. Meanwhile, all strived to get oxygen. The highest demand was 31,298 cylinders on 18 July according to the global monitoring indicator. We found the demand was 18,667 on 20 July. We can produce more than 40,000 currently. I mean we can produce more than the highest demands. However, I want the oxygen in the hospital to be clean and systematically produced. I’ve already highlighted it in previous meetings. Please produce even the oxygen cylinders systematically and try to be clean oxygen. Then, all speak out about oxygen especially in townships like in remote areas. For example, Nanyun township. The Kachin and Chin states and the Sagaing region are just like Nanyun township. It is a little difficult to get there. It is easier to get to Lahe via Khamti. I mention just for an example. For another example, Manaung where we can reach by aircraft and by ship if the weather is fine. There is no road transportation. Manaung Kyun must obtain the chance (for oxygen). They can survive in their own ways. For the remote areas in states and regions, all should try hard regardless of the areas even for the electricity. For example, the small-scale hydropower project. If it can generate 500kW, 1000kW or 200kW, 300kW, they should contact them for the oxygen plants. There is nothing more important than human beings and lives.”
He also gave instructions regarding the importation processes of anti-COVID-19-related materials and equipment via border trade camps, air and sea without any delays, and inspections on the illegal trade of restricted drugs and counterfeit medicines.
He continued that the Ministry of Information is conducting education programmes and the respective regions and states should accelerate the educative campaigns, especially in ethnic areas.
He said that the frontline healthcare workers and other employees of manufacturing organizations, transport services, defence services and security members and their family members need to be in good health and so, it should conduct vaccination programmes as per the priority groups. The Tatmadaw (air) provides the needed assistance in transporting the vaccines across the nation. Elderly people have a higher mortality rate, accounting for 80 per cent of all deaths is over the age of 50. Therefore, elderly people are prioritized for vaccines.
Currently, the country receives 8 million vaccines and uses 6 million while 2 million are for second doses. On the other hand, people should have a proper immune system and do exercise.
In conclusion, he urged to run the manufacturing, agriculture and livestock industries to ensure food security. It should make efforts for the better economic system of people and country. If the individuals have good-wills for the country, they can accomplish their works and it can also provide the development of the country and living standards of the public. — MNA

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