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Volunteer doctors and nurses arrive in Sittwe to set up temporary hospitals in Sittwe

The Ministry of Health and Sports is working to expand the hospital’s facilities at Sittwe General Hospital and plans to open temporary hospitals if necessary. Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe said.

According to the Ministry of Health and Sports, 24 doctors and nurses who will be volunteering on duty arrived in Sittwe this morning with a special plane from Myanmar National Airlines.

Director of Public Health and Medical Care Department (1); One pathologist; Assistant Physician (Anesthesiologist, Medical Specialist, Pathologist, Microbiologist) (6); 13 assistant doctors; One head nurse; One senior nurse and one nurse arrived.

In addition, 56 nurses have been assigned to Rakhine State and one pathologist and two microbiologists will be recruited.

At present, Sittwe Hospital is preparing to receive more than 100 COVID-19 patients, and the COVID-19 laboratory tests are being carried out with two GeneXpert machines, said Dr Myint Htwe.

Outbreaks of COVID-19 in Rakhine State are accelerating, with 53 new laboratory-confirmed cases being diagnosed between August 16 and 23. Of these, 48 are from Sittwe and the other five are from Mrauk-U and Thandwe.