UNHCR, WFP provide COVID-19 test kits to Myanmar

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Myanmar receives 20,000 test kits for COVID-19 donated by UNHCR and WFP on 30 July. PHOTO: MNA

A special flight carrying 20,000 test kits for COVID-19 purchased under UNICEF programme with funds of UNHCR and WFP arrived at Yangon International Airport yesterday morning. Officials of UNHCR, WFP and UNICEF handed over US$323,888.68 worth of 20,000 test kits to Professor Dr Zaw Than Tun, Director-General of Department of Medical Research under the Ministry of Health and Sports. WFP Myanmar’s Country Director Mr Stephen Anderson said “These kits are intended to further boost and sustain the Government of Myanmar’s efforts to avert a second wave of COVID transmissions which is fundamental to keeping poverty and hunger in check”.
This latest contribution to the Government of Myanmar builds on collective UN efforts to support the national testing strategy, with 75,000 test kits handed over by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and UNOPS through its Access to Health Fund, to the Ministry of Health and Sports and its relevant laboratory facilities to date. The UN has pledged to provide over 90,000 test kits to the Myanmar Ministry, said Mr Stephen.
Professor Dr Zaw Than Tun said, “These COVID test kits are very essential during this period and it cannot be done anything even if we have strong financial status. Now, the UN agencies ordered from the relevant companies and delivered to Myanmar in time so that we can accelerate our efforts in testing COVID-19.” The UN agencies are helping Myanmar in full swing to fight against COVID-19 responses and also providing assistance to promote capacity buildings in controlling spread of the pandemic. The WFP has arranged relief flights to carry relief aids and medical supplies into Myanmar.—Zaw Gyi (Translate by Khine Thazin Han)

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