Nay Pyi Taw October 24
Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun of the Tatmadaw True News Information Team this morning met with media at the Defence Services Museum, here, to hold the Tatmadaw press conference and replied to queries raised by media.
Before the press conference, officials from the Directorate of Medical Services of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) measured body temperature of those attending to the press conference for prevention of COVID-19. The attendees took positions in the designated distance and systematically raised questions.
First, Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun of the Tatmadaw True News Information Team clarified efforts of the Tatmadaw for prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19. The clarifications consisted of donation of oxygen cylinders to the people’s hospitals in accord with the guidance of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, donations of medical supplies and nutritious supplement foodstuffs to civilian people’s hospitals and civil society organizations through the donated cash comprising one month salary each of the senior military officers and a day wage each of officers, other ranks, officers and service personnel, donation of rice, edible oil, salt, gram and other foodstuffs to monasteries, nunneries and other religious centres, offering of day meals, admitting and providing treatments to COVID-19 positive members of the Sangha, nuns and civilian people patients handed over by the Ministry of Health and Sports at the venues where the Tatmadaw has made preparations to admit the positive patients, responsibilities taken by the Tatmadaw for food and accommodation of those patients and health care services, examining virus of civilian people patients by the Tatmadaw with the use of diagnostic machines due to offer of the Ministry of Health and Sports, concept of the Tatmadaw in accepting the measure of COVID-19 as national duty and participation of members of the Tatmadaw (Army, Navy and Air) not only in prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19 but also in easing the impacts of COVID-19 by providing cash assistance and health care services and buying products of local people, and situation of the Tatmadaw with its capability in joining hands with the people in fighting COVID-19 which can mitigate national power of the State.
The explanations focused on salient points included in the speech and message delivered by the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services on the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement- NCA, transport of ballots, ballot boxes, polling booths and equipment of polling stations for the general election to be held on 8 November 2020 to remote areas by Tatmadaw vessel and helicopter, emphasis being placed by the Tatmadaw on all the ethnic people to cast vote in safe and free manners on the security and defence point of view, clashes in respective military command areas, seizure of narcotic drugs, and Tatmadaw’s endeavours to eradicate narcotic drugs which can impose danger to the entire nation in all time.
He also widely explained AA terrorists’ abducting and killing civilians and people’s service personnel in Rakhine State without reason, deaths and wounds of civilians in blasts of mines planted by AA terrorists, and their acts of breaking domestic laws and international laws without negligence as AA was legally declared as a terrorist group as well as unlawful group.
Then, Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun of the Tatmadaw True News Information Team replied to queries raised by media. Also present at the press conference were reporters from local news agencies, daily newspapers, journals, local TV broadcasting stations and local based foreign news agencies, totaling 24.