ROK govt, people donate COVID-19 detection kits to Myanmar

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Department of Medical Research Director-General Dr Zaw Than Tun receives ROK donation of COVID detection kits. PHOTO: Pe Zaw

The government of Republic of Korea and its people donated COVID-19 detection kits, the Standard Q COVID-19 Ag, to Myanmar for prevention and containment measures of the pandemic.
Organized by the Myanmar office of Korea Foundation for International Healthcare (KOFIH) , the donation ceremony was made at the Yangon International Airport yesterday evening when the items arrived at the airport.
Mr Jeonghan Hahm, the Deputy Chief of Mission of ROK in Myanmar, handed over the detection kits to Director-General Professor Dr Zaw Than Tun from the Department of Medical Research.
Regarding the donation, the deputy chief of mission said that the donated test kits were worth over US$42,000, which will be very useful for COVID-19 control measures in Myanmar and more stocks of such items will also be sent to Myanmar. The first stock of kits can be used to test 4,000 suspected patients.
Professor Dr Zaw Than Tun als said that those test kits can give out rapid results within 30 minutes in a safe and confined room from the swabs of suspected patients, and need lesser time than the existing diagnosis methods which take five to six hours in the laboratories.
The new arrivals have better quality than the rapid test kits and can give out accurate results in simple process. However, the new kits must be kept between -15 C to -20 C temperatures.— Zaw Gyi, (Translated by Aung Khin)

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