COVID-19 national committee receives cash donation

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Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe (R) receives cash donation at the Ministry of Health and Sports on 19 October 2020. Photo : MNA

Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe, in his capacity as the Secretary of National-Level Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19, received cash donation at the Ministry of Health and Sports in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung explained that over K1,722 million cash assistance to the committee is the Top-Up money left on the 34.49 million deactivated SIM cards which were not re-registered by 30 June, 2020.
On 22 February 2020, the Ministry announced that SIM card registered with more than two identification cards before 1 April, 2019 must be re-registered by 30 June, 2020 and if the cards are not re-registered with accurate national scrutiny card, they will be deactivated.
Under this directive, more than 34.49 million SIM cards that were not re-registered by 30 June, 2020 and un-registered SIM cards with accurate the national scrutiny card after 22 February, 2020 were deactivated. A total of K1,722 million were left on these SIM cards and that money is now donated to the COVID-19 committee for the benefit of the country on behalf of the consumer.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications also donated over 400 million kyats for the Oxygen pipeline installation to the 1,000-bedded General Hospital in Nay Pyi Taw; over K1,573 million from the 6.5 million blocked SIM cards to the National Disaster Management Committee on 31 January and K120.6 million contributed by MPT and the MPT user via SMS to the COVID-19 committee on 29 May.
Union Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo said that the staff from the Office of the Union Attorney-General also contributed since the employees from various ministries as well as local and foreign donors are contributing as much as they can for the fight against the COVID-19.
Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe expressed words of thanks for the contribution. The Union Minister said it is important to pay attention to the immunization rules as there may be small wave infections after the second wave of COVID-19 until the effective vaccine is found and 95 per cent of the death of COVID-19 are people with chronic diseases and people can also be infected through the people who have to go out for various reasons while living at home.
The Union Minister added that the donations will be of great benefit not only to treat COVID-19 patients but also to upgrade the Ministry’s intensive care units in hospitals across the country, in the installation of Oxygen pipelines and Oxygen generators that will be useful for long term.
Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe and Deputy Minister Dr Mya Lay Sein accepted K1,722,755,512 from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, K11,680,000 from the Office of the Union Attorney-General, K30,000,000 from the Nay Pyi Taw Development Bank Ltd, K7,648,500 from the 1,000 Kyats Campaign of the Public Staff Volunteers, K2,222,000 from the departments of the Yangon University of Education and K1,000,000 from the Ambassador Dr Hla Maung Foundation and returned the certificates of honour.—MNA (Translated by Ei Phyu Phyu Aung)

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