Union Minister attends central-level meeting on coronavirus

Central-level daily coordination meeting on surveillance and control of coronavirus being held in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
Central-level daily coordination meeting on surveillance and control of coronavirus being held in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

A central-level daily coordination meeting on surveillance and control of coronavirus was held yesterday at the Ministry of Health and Sports in Nay Pyi Taw.
Speaking at the meeting, Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe said the current measures taken by Myanmar authorities are in line with the suggestions made by the World Health Organization for preventing human-to-human infections after the WHO declared the new coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
He stressed the need to accelerate current efforts on prevention and control as coronavirus infections are rising in China.
As the number of travelers from countries affected by the coronavirus, including China, declines, the chances of an outbreak in Myanmar will reduce, said the Union Minister.
He called for making greater efforts towards active surveillance and contact-tracing in Myanmar. He also stressed the need to heighten the reporting and messaging system in regions and states so that the Ministry of Health and Sports can quickly respond to infections.
He said it was also important to communicate systematically, in cooperation with the Myanmar Medical Association and Generalists Association, in surveillance and prevention works. Then, the minister gave instructions on obtaining surgical masks, N95 masks, protective equipment, and primer probe and PCR kits through the local office of the WHO.
The attendees of the meeting discussed measures taken for bringing Myanmar students back from Wuhan, China, exchanging information through video conferencing and teleconferencing and preparation for exchange of information and sharing medicines and medical equipment.—MNA (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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