TO REDUCE the incidence of tuberculosis in the country, a new outpatient department will be built in Yangon with the support of the Third Millennium Development Goal Fund (3MDGF), one of the largest contributors of external assistance for health in Myanmar.
The project is a part of the 3MDG’s US$3.1 million investment, which covers the establishment of four TB facilities including two outpatient departments, a biosafety level-3 national TB reference laboratory and single-level caretaker quarters in both Yangon and Mandalay.
According to the fund’s press release on Saturday, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new TB facility was held by the supporting body at the target area located within the compound of the Yangon Regional Tuberculosis Centre (Aung San) in Insein Township on 12 November.
The four-storey facility will be equipped with a laboratory, medical store, dispensary X-ray, counselling, consultation and emergency rooms. In addition, restrooms, entry points and parking areas for people with disabilities will be constructed.
The new OPD will be fully operational by 2018 and will receive between 100 and 150 out-patients a day. This will include referrals of complicated and drug resistant TB cases from across the region.
The new facility will provide diagnostic and treatment services to patients who do not need to stay in the hospital free of charge. It will also support research into the disease, and contain a training centre and resource library for health staff.
Myanmar is one of the world’s countries with the highest TB burden. According to the study, there are approximately 150,000 TB patients detected annually in the country.—GNLM