August 18, 2016

Amyotha Hluttaw holds Q&A session on health sector

Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than.
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than.

THE Amyotha Hluttaw session continued for the 17th day with Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htway responding to questions on the opening and upgrading of health facilities in regions and states yesterday.
The Union minister pledged to build a 16-bedded hospital in Hopong Township, Mongpyin region next fiscal year.  Regarding a proposal to upgrade a hospital in Yedashae Township of Bago Region into a 50-bedded facility, the Union minister replied that the 25-bedded hospital in an easy accessible town will be upgraded in the future based on the number of patients treated. Despite rising hospital admissions between 2011 and 2015, it would be difficult to increase the number of health staff there if the hospital were upgraded, added the Union minister.
Likewise, the Union minister responded to a question regarding the 50-bedded Paletwa Township hospital and a 16-bedded Hsamee station hospital, saying that there are no immediate plans to upgrade those hospitals into 100-bedded and 50-bedded health facilities respectively.
He vowed, however, to provide manpower and medical equipment to Paletwa Township hospital as soon as possible.
Answering a call to upgrade a 100-bedded hospital in Myingyan District into a 200-bedded facility and appointment more doctors and health staff, the Union minister replied that there is no plan to upgrade the hospital as it did not meet the basic principles of the upgrading process.
The Union minister stated that an anaesthetist will soon be appointed at the hospital where a dental doctor has been on staff since 2013 and that there will be more fresh doctors and nurses appointed there in the future.


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