Myanmar govt to provide basic essentials to poor people in Covid-19 fight


  • Myanmar
  • Tuesday, 07 Apr 2020

Myanmar military personnel wearing protective clothing disinfecting a street as a preventive measure to contain the spread of coronavirus at Yangon onTuesday (April 7). The Myanmar government will also soon provide basic essentials including rice, oil, salt, bean and onion to people in need from April 10 during the traditional Thingyan water festival. - AFP

YANGON: The Myanmar government will also soon provide basic essentials including rice, oil, salt, bean and onion to people in need from April 10 during the traditional Thingyan water festival, according to a release of Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of Covid-19 (coronavirus).

The release on Tuesday (April 7) came after analysing reports submitted by people across the country to Chairman of Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of Covid-19, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.

According to the release, the process of surveying people in need as well as packing, delivering and distributing the basic essentials will be carried out under the supervision of respective state and regional governments in collaboration with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), elders of the community, social organizations and young volunteers so as to avoid unnecessary waste, delay and corruption.

In addition, electricity bill will be exempted up to 150 units to each household, religious organizations and civil societies except for embassies, UN and international organizations by the end of April, the release added.

It is also learnt that the Commerce Ministry will take action against those who are gouging prices on medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and foodstuff with a maximum term of three-year imprisonment and fines.

Myanmar's military on Tuesday donated over 2.2 billion kyats (US$1.5mil) for the prevention, control and treatment of Covid-19 in the country, local media quoted the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services said.

The cash donation is funded by the contribution of one month salary from the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and senior military officers as well as one day wage from the officer, other ranks of the Tatmadaw (Army, Navy and Air) and substitute-appointed civilian personnel.

The donated cash will be spent on medical aid equipment for the public hospitals in respective military command areas, for the prevention, control and treatment of Covid-19 and for the quarantine process.

At present, Myanmar has reported 22 confirmed coronavirus cases in the country so far. - Xingua/Asian News Network
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