August 19, 2016

First Gastrointestinal and Liver Centre opens

The new GI & Liver Centre opening ceremony in progress. Photo: Thi Thi Min
The new GI & Liver Centre opening ceremony in progress. Photo: Thi Thi Min

MYANMAR’S first Gastrointestinal and Liver Centre was opened on 6 March in North Dagon Township, Yangon, with the aim of providing comprehensive quality treatment for patients infected with viral hepatitis. The centre will alleviate the need for patients to receive medical treatment abroad.
The viral infection (Hepatitis B and C) is widespread in Myanmar, according to WHO records. Previously, anti-hepatitis drugs caused side effects when not taken properly. The new drugs have no side effects at all.
“There is no preventive medicine for Hepatitis C as there is for Hepatitis B, but it can be effectively cured,” said Professor Dr Khin Maung Win. Previously, it was treated by injecting medicine that costs over K10 million. Now, the treatment costs only K1.5 or K2 million.
The centre provides the most advanced treatment for a whole spectrum of liver diseases and plans to offer liver transplants in the future. Surgeons and physicians from the Asian American Medical Group will provide consultations with patients and perform surgical operations jointly with local doctors.
There are a total of 3.3 million of people in Myanmar infected with Hepatitis B and 1.3 million with Hepatitis C, according to Ministry of Health records from 2015.


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