Amid the political unrest, Myanmar has been hit by the third wave of COVID-19 and the number of infections in the country is on the rise. AFoCO RETC is responding to this by stepping up on its efforts to fight COVID-19 by helping to spray disinfectants with its fire vehicles in neighboring areas. The center is also communicating with nearby village authorities about using the RETC’s fire vehicles to support quarantine activities in village compounds. These forest fire vehicles were donated by the Korea Forest Service in 2018 for educational and demonstration purposes in the RETC’s regular training courses on forest fire management.
Myanmar is one of the countries that has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with its first two COVID-19 confirmed cases on 23 March 2020. Since then, the AFoCO RETC has been voluntarily cooperating with the Hmawbi Township authorities in disease control measures across the region. Together with the Forestry Department of Myanmar, AFoCO RETC has been providing disinfection services by spraying disinfectants in hospitals and quarantine facilities when the country was hit by the second wave of COVID-19.
Aside from supporting COVID-19 responses in the Hmawbi Township, the forest fire vehicles were mobilized to suppress a fire that occurred in Myaungdaka Industrial Zone (photos below). The AFoCO RETC will continue to voluntarily participate in and support COVID-19 responses in public areas, including village compounds, residential areas, schools, monasteries, municipal markets, and highways.
Contributed by Kay Khine, AFoCO Fellowship Official from Myanmar, and Han Youngju, Team Assistant