Myanmar shifts to digital platform to control pandemic

COVID-19 will remain in Myanmar for around three to four years and digital technology will be used to facilitate disease control measures, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

As being even an hour late in treating some patients could result in a high risk of fatality, technology like tele-medicine and email consultations can help with efficient treatment and disease control, said U Myint Htwe, Minister of Health and Sports, during a November 28 online seminar.

“COVID-19 will remain in our country for the next three to four years. So, we need to consider how we can control and treat the disease by leveraging on digital platforms,” he said.

Myanmar has encountered the second wave of the pandemic and cases have spiked beyond 87,000 as at November 28. In order to control the number of cases under a third or fourth wave, the ministry has made plans to provide treatment and make information accessible to the public by using digital means.

In order to provide information on COVID-19, the National COVID-19 Call Center was set up in April. A total of 5.2 million calls were answered in the first wave of the pandemic, and this rose to 6.3 million during the current second wave.

The ministry has also provided advice and help to the public via its Facebook page, said U Myint Htwe.

A mobile application providing information about the virus was also developed and the ministry is making efforts to make the app as accessible as possible so that even children can obtain information easily, he added.

Source : Myanmar Times

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