September 22, 2016

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Pyithu Hluttaw to discuss urgent motion on Human Rights Commission

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THE Pyithu Hluttaw agreed to discuss an urgent motion calling for punitive measures against some members of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission for their failure to protect victims of human rights violations yesterday.
The urgent motion was submitted by U Htay Win Aung alias U Pyone Cho of Dawbon Constituency, and the motion was seconded by Daw Thandar of Einme Constituency.
During the 38th day session of the Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday, parliamentary questions on health matters were answered, a proposal urging the Union government to make more investments in rail transportation service for its development and the submission of a report of the Bill Committee on Myanmar Territorial Sea and Maritime Zones Bill to the parliament were carried out.
Regarding a question about pharmacy and pharmaceutical equipment distribution in the country, Union Minister for Health and Sport Dr Myint Htway replied that a letter for the appointment of sole agent status is critical to applying for permission to import medicines, and import permission can be granted to another company if a sole company issues a No Objection Letter.
The house will need to amend the law if the procedures require changing, added the Union minister.
On a question about whether a plan to set Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships as prioritised areas in accordance with the Law on Health Care for Population Control, the Union minister said that reproductive health action plan financed by UNFPA is in progress beginning this year.
Moreover, birth control measures, family health and maternal and child health sectors have been prioritised and a work plan for reducing maternal and infant mortality and vaccination programs are being carried out with special attention, added the Union minister.
He continued to answer questions about a proposed plan to honour individuals and organisations for the successful ascent of Mt. Everest and an unused hospital in MraukU.
While responding to the first question, the Union minister said that the ministry and Htoo Foundation presented cash awards of K11 million each to two Myanmar mountaineers Ko Win Ko Ko and Ko Pyae Phyo Aung and half size statues of the two climbers are being kept in honour of them at the Myanmar Sports Hall in Nay Pyi Taw. The statues were installed on 25 August.
The ministry is planning to present certificates of honour to the Htoo Foundation, the Technical Climbing Club of Myanmar and the Myanmar Hiking and Mountaineering Federation, said the Union minister.
On the unused hospital in MraukU, the Union minister replied that the old health facility blocking the view of the Palace site in MraukU Cultural Heritage Region is set to be demolished not later than next fiscal year.
An office of the District Public Health Department, Maternal and Child Health Care Centre, School Health Centre, Tuberculosis Control Centre, Malaria Control Centre and an office of the Township Health Department, which are temporarily being kept open in the building of the old hospital, are set to move to a new building for the District Public Health Department which is under construction in the compound of the MraukU Township People’s Hospital, added the Union minister.


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