Myanmar’s Health Minister Resigns After Military Takeover

By The Irrawaddy 1 February 2021

Myanmar’s health minister, Dr. Myint Htwe, has resigned after the military coup.

He is one of the leaders in the country’s fight against COVID-19.

Education minister Dr. Myo Thane Gyi, information minister Dr. Pe Myint and transport minister U Thant Zin Maung have been told to vacate their houses within three days.

“I am leaving the Ministry of Health and Sports. I am leaving Naypyitaw in three days,” Dr. Myint Htwe posted on Facebook on Monday afternoon.

His post said he asked his colleagues to serve the people, especially during the COVID-19 crisis and the vaccination rollout.

Myanmar launched a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive by inoculating health-care personnel, including volunteers on the COVID-19 frontline and parliamentarians, on Jan. 27.

Myanmar is third in terms of vaccinations in Asean, behind Singapore and Indonesia.