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Health & Sports Ministry to establish earthquake emergency response network

According to the Ministry of Health and Sports, a 24 hours response network will be set up specifically to tackle emergency situations such as earthquakes.

The network will be set up to deploy firefighters, ambulances and prep relevant healthcare places in case of damages and injuries as a result of earthquakes, of which there have been a string of occurring in Myanmar in the past few months.

The ministry held a meeting on March 15 in order to discuss myriad necessary procedures regarding formation of said network such as protocols practiced by responders, facilitation of cooperation between different departments, pooling and sharing of resources such as ambulances as well as the plan to equip large (1,000 beds) hospitals with necessary equipment to better accommodate patients during times of crisis.

Furthermore, plans to reassess the resistance levels of healthcare infrastructure, to set up a dedicated phone number, continuous practice of earthquake drills, educating the public as well as civil servants were discussed in that meeting.

Myanmar’s most important and populated cities such as Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay lies on the Sagaing Fault, a major fault line in Myanmar that had shown itself to be prone to frequent seismic activities over the years.

Many citizens, especially Yangonites, have expressed fears that a strong enough earthquake would cause a great deal of destruction and loss of lives due to the heavy population density as well as questionable integrity of buildings both old and new.

Source : Eleven Myanmar

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