August 20, 2016

Monk to build hospital for rural poor

Construction will start next month on a hospital that will help low-income families in Sagaing Region access medical treatment
A prominent monk in Myinmu, Sagaing Region, is working to establish a 150-bed hospital in the town to provide healthcare to low-income communities.
The five-storey building will be built at a cost of more than K1 billion (US$774,893) and the funds have been collected by the monk, Tipitakadhara Dhammabhandagarika Sayadaw Bhaddhanta Vamsa Pala Lankara, from donors in Myanmar and abroad.
The project is slated to begin in November in Htee Saung village, Myinmu Township, which is located beside the Mandalay-Monywa Highway and is 74 kilometres from the city of Mandalay.
The facility is expected to be completed by 2017.
The hospital will specialise in treatment for people suffering from chronic diabetes and high blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension. Treatment will be free of charge.
“Diabetes and hypertension are the fastest growing health problems in the country due to people’s unhealthy lifestyles,” said Professor Than Than Aye at a public health seminar, adding that people often fail to take preventative steps to help them avoid non-communicable diseases.
The monk said he also has plans to raise awareness about the two chronic diseases among the general public.
Tipitakadhara Dhammabhandagarika Sayadaw Bhaddhanta Vamsa Pala Lankara also established an eye hospital in 2013, which provides treatment for eye diseases free of charge. The
hospital provides healthcare services to over 1,600 patients per month.
Those who wish to donate to the new hospital can call 09 794 753 741.


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