Tatmadaw True News Information Team holds press conference
Nay Pyi Taw March 28
The Tatmadaw True News Information Team held a press conference on handover of arms by Kaungkha People’s Militia (Local) group in Kutkai Township, Shan State (North) to the Tatmadaw, and efforts of the Tatmadaw over preventive measures and treatment for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), at the Defence Services Museum in Nay Pyi Taw this evening, attended by 17 reporters from local news agencies, daily newspapers, journals, local TV broadcasting units and locally based foreign news agencies, totalling 12.
Before the press conference, those attendees were tested by officials of the Directorate of Medical Services under the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) for prevention of COVID-19 disease.
Then, Secretary of the Tatmadaw True News Information Team Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun explained emergence of Kaungkha People’s Militia (Local) troops, seizures of arms, ammunition, narcotic drugs and related equipment used in drug production from around Kaungkha Village and nearby villages from August 2018 to 26 March 2020, discussions of officials from the Tatmadaw with officials from Kaungkha People’s Militia (Local) group, and handover of 1,846 assorted arms, 508,937 rounds of assorted ammunition, 2,197 assorted rockets, 1,095 grenades, 29 mines and related equipment including seized arms and ammunition by Kaungkha People’s Militia (Local) troops, and plans of the Tatmadaw to provide necessary assistance for basic needs and regional development of Kaungkha People’s Militia (Local) troops so as to undertake rehabilitation tasks.
Afterwards, donations of medicines and medical equipment by families of the Tatmadaw (Army, Navy and Air) to support treatment for COVID-19 disease to the General Hospital (Webagi) in North Okkalapa Township on 23 March, inspection of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at military hospitals in Yangon for preparations of medical treatments for COVID-19 disease, inspection of Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win at military hospitals in Nay Pyi Taw for preparations of medical treatments for COVID-19 disease, donations of medical equipment and medicines for prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19 disease to Nay Pyi Taw Department of Public Health, preparations made at Defence Services Liver Specialist Hospital in Mingaladon of Yangon extended as a facility for COVID-19 confirmed patients during the trip of the Senior General on 23 March although four military hospitals in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Meiktila and Aungpan were set as special hospitals for prevention and treatment of COVID-19 disease with eight beds for emergency patients and 192 beds for disease confirmed patients, donations of medicines and hospital equipment by respective military commands to hospitals and clinics in relevant townships, carrying out of sanitation and other tasks including spraying at pagodas, monasteries and public places, medical checkups on members of the Sangha, nuns, religious leaders of other religions, war veterans and those at Karuna Kabar Home for the Aged, transport of 169,750 surgical disposable masks (2-PLY) from Nay Pyi Taw to various regions for servicemen, families and people in remote areas by Tatmadaw aircraft, readiness of special hospitals, hospitals from respective military commands and battlefield medical battalions for servicemen, families and local people, preparations at region-wise hospitals and medical battalions with 130 beds for emergency patients and 1,131 beds in total for disease confirmed patients, readiness of helicopters and airplanes for emergency transport, and restrictions of works if some cases cannot get agreement and permit were explained at the press conference.
Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun replied to queries raised by media persons from news agencies.