Junta Minister of Information Maung Maung Ohn has thanked countries that have helped Myanmar to combat COVID-19.
In a briefing to diplomats, the junta minister thanked countries and organizations, especially India, China, Russia, Cambodia, and ASEAN that had donated vaccines and medical supplies for Myanmar to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, according to media reports. The minister also discussed the challenges of Myanmar migrants and issues concerning terrorism and how the Union Election Commission was investigating alleged fraud in the November 2020 election.
Myanmar has recorded a total of 425, 414 cases and 16,265 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as of Friday.
The junta has come in for criticism for its handling of the pandemic due to the problems involved in people finding treatment for the virus, given the poor state of the health service in the country. The junta has been rapped for favouring the employees and families working with the administration and junta, and preventing people or making it difficult for them to source oxygen cylinders.
The health service is in chaos. Many health workers quit or have temporarily stopped working in accordance with the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM), a movement that has seen many civil servants go on strike.
All this has been catastrophic for health care in Myanmar. The country’s health service was limited at best before the military coup and the stress put on it by the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.