Tatmadaw donates COVID-19 preventive materials and drugs, prepares to provide healthcare services to patients if disease breaks out in Nay Pyi Taw
Nay Pyi Taw March 23
A ceremony to donate medical equipment and drugs to prevent and control the infectious COVID-19 by the Directorate of Medical Services from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) to the Department of Public Health and Medical Services in Nay Pyi Taw was held at the Defence Services General Hospital (1000-bed), here, this morning.
Also present at the ceremony were Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in- Chief, the commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command, the commandant of Defence Services General Hospital (1000-bed), Dr Myat Wunna Soe, Deputy Director General of the Department of Public Health and Medical Services in Nay Pyi Taw and officials. First, officials from the the Department of Public Health and Medical Services in Nay Pyi Taw demonstrated healthcare procedures to control COVID-19 disease.
Then, the Vice-Senior General and attendees received step-by-step healthcare services provided by the officials in an attempt to control the disease. Next, the commandant of Defence Services General Hospital (1000-bed) elaborated on the purpose of donation of medical equipment and drugs to prevent and control the outbreak of COVID-19 disease. The commandant then presented 50 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical staff, 1,000 surgical masks, 200 N95 masks, 60 Goggle glasses and 12,000 capsule of Chloroquine. Dr Myat Wunna Soe accepted the donations and spoke words of thanks.
After the ceremony, the Vice-Senior General cordially greeted the officials of the Department of Public Health and Medical Services in Nay Pyi Taw and explained arrangements of the Tatmadaw to take part in preventive measures against COVID-19 in each military command area, and further assistance when necessary.
Afterwards, the Vice-Senior General and party visited the Health and Disease Control Unit, where they inspected preparations for prevention and control of the disease to provide intensive cares if the disease breaks out in Nay Pyi Taw. The responsible officials conducted them round the preparation tasks. The Vice-Senior General attended to the needs.
The Health and Disease Control Unit is ready as the designated hospital to provide intensive care if confirmed cases are found in Nay Pyi Taw. The hospital arranges disinfection room, PPE changing room, intensive care unit (ICU) equipped with emergency ventilators and patient room (confirmed). According to the arrangements, the medical ward has a capacity to hold 72 beds. Also, there are four beds to provide intensive care to emergency patients who need oxygen treatment with the use of ventilators at the same time. In addition, one more 72-bed medical ward is now being prepared. Upon completion, there will be 144 beds at two medical wards and intensive cares can be provided to eight patients in need of oxygen treatment from ventilators simultaneously.
Today, Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung from the Office of the Commanderin- Chief (Army) and party inspected preparations for providing treatment to the confirmed COVID-19 patients at the local military hospital (500-bed) if COVID-19 breaks out in Meiktila. To provide intensive care to the suspected patients and the confirmed patients, the military hospital (500-bed) prepares eight beds for intensive care and 192 beds for patients required to be kept in quarantine. Moreover, healthcare providers, including specialists/ medical officers, nurses/technicians, other rank nurses and civilian staff are arranged to carry out preventive measures against COVID-19.