20 May 2020
Till 19 May, there is a report of two confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Rakhine state, and according to the report by the Ministry of Health and Sports, the two virus infected persons are the returnees from Malaysia. According to U Zaw Aye Maung, Rakhine Ethnic Affairs Minister of Yangon Region Government, the fight of Covid-19 in Rakhine State has begun just now. Therefore with the aim to help the people of Rakhine in fight against Covid-19, China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC) Myanmar made its second donation for the people of Kyaukphyu on 19 May at Economic and Commercial Office of Chinese embassy in Yangon attended by U Zaw Aye Maung, Rakhine Ethnic Affairs Minister, Mr. Tan Shufu, Economic and Commercial Councilor of the Chinese embassy and other responsible persons.
The donation on 19 May is the second phase one by CITIC Myanmar, and it included 25,000 of disposable medical masks, 350 PPEs and 650 face shields for the healthcare workers in Kyaukphyu Township.
U Zaw Aye Maung, Rakhine Ethnic Affairs Minister said, “Today the world is facing the horror of this Covid-19 pandemic. Fortunately, in Myanmar we have only just nearly 200 cases and 6 deaths, and we are one of the most successful nations in the world when it comes to controlling the widespread of the virus. We are all together fighting against this battle. Now we have report of confirmed cases in Rakhine State already starting from 18 May, and the people with confirmed cases of Covid-19 are all returnees from Malaysia, therefore, for the people of Rakhine, the fight has just begun. In order to fight this virus, infrastructure plays an essential role along with a good management and we need the budget as well. In this time of need and crucial period, we are grateful to CITIC Myanmar for the donation for the people of Kyaukphyu Township in support of their fight against Covid-19.”
Speaking at the event, Mr. Tan Shufu, Economic and Commercial Counselor at the Chinese embassy said as Myanmar and China share a long border, and to strengthen the relation, after the report of Covid-19 in Myanmar, the government of China has been extending its helping hand to Myanmar in different forms both with material and human resources in the fight against Covid-19. The Chinese companies in Myanmar are also doing their best in donating supplies for the fight against Covid-19.
Speaking to MI Radio, U Aye San, the representative of Donation Receiving Committee of Kyaukphyu Township also said, “As this is the pandemic which can spread fast in a short time, we are doing our best in Rakhine State using some schools and other educational buildings as quarantine centers. The social organizations from different groups are also active in Rakhine State along with NGOs. Some organizations are contributing toward financial donation; this is how we have been working to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Rakhine State. Whatever we do we need to work with good friends and good people, only when we have good friends then can we get good results of what we do. Moreover only when we are truthful of what we do then will the public accept us. The truth will prevail as long as the world exists.”