Myanmar seeks investments to make Covid-19 medical equipment at idle factories

  • Myanmar
  • Wednesday, 29 Apr 2020

Shoppers queuing to buy medicines at a pharmacy in Tamway Township.

MYANMAR, April 29 (Eleven Media Group/ANN): New investments have been invited to produce medicines and medical equipment necessary to combat Covid-19 at idle state-owned factories, said Union Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations Thaung Tun.

As Myanmar purchases medicines and medical equipment from international market, plans have also been made to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) and face masks from local manufacturers, the minister commented in his news article “The Measure of a Nation: Myanmar’s “Whole- of-Nation Approach” to Combating Covid-19” published in state-owned newspapers.

For the prevention, control and treatment of Covid-19, measures are being taken to build more hospitals and clinics and provide more diagnostic equipment and ventilators.

The new Cobas 6800 analyser for Covid-19 tests will start operation this week. So, the National Health Laboratory in Yangon will be able to test over 1,000 people daily.

The Ministry of Commerce on March 13 announced in a notification that medicines and medical equipment for Covid-19 and foodstuffs had been declared emergency commodities.

The notification also says legal action will be taken against sale or distribution of those products at inflated prices in local markets and stockpile of those products for speculation.

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