UNFPA delivers 40,000 Ag Test Kits to support prevention, response to COVID-19 pandemic

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Officials from Ministry of Health and Sports and UNFPA at the ceremony of the handover of 40,000 COVID-19 Antigen Test Kits.  Photo: Supplied

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) deliverd 40,000 COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits to the Ministry of Health and Sports to support the Union Government’s effort to prevent transmission and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic efficiently while ensuring continuity of life-saving sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls.
The official handover of 40,000 test kits was organized at Department of Medical Research in Yangon on 24 December 2020. Dr. Hlaing Myat Thu, Deputy Director General of Department of Medical Research said, “Early detection and containment of COVID-19 positive cases is still an essential and extremely important process in order to cut the chain of transmission and effectively control the spread of disease.”
UNFPA’s Rapid Antigen Test Kits procurement delivered at MOHS’ Central Medical Store Depot in Yangon.
“As the results of a Rapid Antigen Test are available within 30 minutes, it is of advantage that decisions can be made much more quickly and infection contained effectively in the nick of time. Thus, the importance and requirement of these Rapid Antigen Test kits are truly an evidence-based reality,” Dr. Hlaing Myat Thu added.
The expansion in testing has been very instrumental in Myanmar getting a grip on the COVID-19 situation after the peak of second wave during September-October 2020. “As the Government of Myanmar engages with the COVAX facility to source COVID-19 vaccines in 2021, the fight is far from over. This is a marathon and we need to continue to remain cautious, vigilant, creative and proactive to reach the finish line. 40,000 test kits, while a significant number, may not be much compared to the daily testing numbers; But, every drop counts..”, said Mr. Ramanathan Balakrishnan, UNFPA Country Representative for Myanmar.—GNLM

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