Medical Teams Check Myanmar’s COVID-19 Hotspot for Hidden Carriers

By Zaw Zaw Htwe 7 May 2020

Yangon – Myanmar’s Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) on Wednesday conducted door-to-door medical checks in Yangon’s Insein Township where nearly 19 percent of the country’s COVID-19 cases have been reported.

As of Thursday, the country has 162 coronavirus cases with six deaths.

Yangon has the largest number of COVID-19 patients with 127, more than 78 percent of the country’s cases. Thirty coronavirus cases were reported in the city’s Insein Township alone.

More than 700 teams, including members of the township authorities and volunteers, were led by the Yangon regional government to conduct health checks and to interview around 47,650 residents of 10,744 households, according to the MOHS.

“This project is intended to search for silent virus transmitters, to contact people who are infected and those who are at the risk,” said Dr. Than Naing Soe, the director of health knowledge at MOHS.

He told The Irrawaddy that the operation also aimed to share awareness about COVID-19.

Medics checked residents and asked about their travel and contact histories to confirm contact with known COVID-19 patients.

U Wai Phyo Han, Insein’s regional parliamentarian told The Irrawaddy that 16 people with coronavirus symptoms had been sent to a quarantine center and three others with a fever had been isolated at Insein General Hospital.

“Their swab samples will be tested today. They have no known contact history with coronavirus patients,” said U Wai Phyo Han.

On Sunday, the private Kwekabaw hospital in Insein was placed under lockdown by the township authorities after three nurses tested positive for COVID-19.

More than 100 people from the hospital, including staff and patients, have been quarantined at the hospital, he said.

Another 20 people who had contact with the hospital have also been placed under quarantine.

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