October 19, 2017

President assists in upgrading Loikaw People’s Hospital, visits Beluchaung Hydropower Station

President U Thein Sein presents gifts to a patient at Loikaw Hospital in Kayah State.
President U Thein Sein presents gifts to a patient at Loikaw Hospital in Kayah State.

PRESIDENT U Thein Sein assisted in upgrading Loikaw People’s Hospital Saturday during his tour of Kayah State.
The hospital is being extended from the 200-bed facility to the 500-bed one with the assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency-JICA.
Before his visit to the construction site, the president visited the hospital’s wards to comfort and present food and gifts to the patients..
While the number of patients who received treatment at the hospital has been upward, the government approved K568 million budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, increasing from K300 million budget of the 2013-2014 fiscal year and from K 60 million budget of the 2012-2014 fiscal year.
More than 24,000 people received medical care at the hospital up to October this year.
The hospital saw an increase in number patients, reaching 14,986 in 2011, 20,706 in 2012, 24,104 in 2013 and 27,448 in 2014.
During his tour of Kayah State, the president also inspected No.3 hydropower station on the Belu Creek in the state.
Union Minister for Electric Power U Khin Maung Soe reported to the president on current generation of electricity by the three hydropower stations on the river and five hydropower projects to be jointly implemented by the ministry and public companies.
The total combined capacity of the three hydropower stations on the Belu Creek is 248 MW.
Another hydropower project namely the Upper Beluchaung is currently under construction on the same river about 14 miles and four furlongs south-west of Nyaungshwe.
The project is targeted to be completed in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. More than 33 percent of the project is completed and upon completion, it will prevent sedimentation in Inle Lake.

Water intake facility at No. 3 Beluchaung Hydropower Station in Kayah State.
Water intake facility at No. 3 Beluchaung Hydropower Station in Kayah State.

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