COVID-19 test is being conducted at the entrance of Hpakant, where jade are excavated. Together with health staff and social workers, health checks are carried out in Karming, Lone Khin, Leipyin, Tarm,akhan-Seizin, and Whaydhama gates till the end of April.
They will document travel history, address, and check temperatures. Depending on the health status, suspected patients and confirmed cases will be separated. The decision was made at the Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs Association meeting held on March 26.
“This morning, we checked more than 100 people. What we could do is check suspected patients and confirmed cases in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health. There is no suspect till now. What I would like to advise people coming back from Hpakant is that for the sake of his/her family, they should accurately recount their travel history. We need masks to do monitoring work,” said Aung Naing Lin, who is assigned at the Leipyin gate entrance to check people.
As the Hpakant region is populated with migrant workers and direct contact with border regions, it is accepted that monitoring COVID-19 should be conducted as preparatory measures. At present, jade companies donated Ks.100 million for prevention of COVID-19.