Military medical staff are required not only to give medical care to defence services personnel and their families but also to provide healthcare services to the national races in far-flung areas, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said at a graduation ceremony of the 16th Intake of the Defence Services Medical Academy in Yangon on Friday morning.
Present at the ceremony were Chief Minister of Yangon Region U Myint Swe, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Thura Thet Swe, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Khin Aung Myint, senior officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief, commanders and families of the graduating cadets.
After receiving the salute of the cadet company, the senior general inspected it and presented prizes to outstanding cadets including Cadet Naing Win Tun who won the best cadet award.In his speech, the senior general said that defence services medical staff must abide by medical ethics in providing treatment based on goodwill, kindness, sympathy and commiseration.Defence services personnel participated in the rescue, health and resettlement operations during floods and landslides in the last rainy season in cooperation with local governments, as it has been internationally recognized that armed forces are the only organizations that can respond to natural disasters properly, effectively and timely, the senior general added, urging they be prepared for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations with armed forces of other countries.
The senior general continued to say that defence services medical staff are required to conduct medical research and to test new treatments as the Ebola virus is a global threat, even though the outbreaks of the disease are only being found in Africa at present.
Defence services medical personnel also need to anticipate treatments and protective measures against attacks of chemical and biological weapons as conventional as well as weapons of mass destruction are used in modern warfare, he said.
In conclusion, the senior general urged the graduating cadets to abide by the military code of conduct and to uphold the three main national causes so that they become leaders of the defence services.After the ceremony, he met three outstanding cadets and their parents and praised them.
Afterwards, the senior general, before signing in the visitors’ book at the academy, inspected an exhibition at the academy and instructed officers to effectively use medical equipment and medicines and to disseminate medical knowledge to the public through the media.
In the afternoon, the senior general and party attended the graduation dinner of the graduate officers and cordially greeted them before enjoying the dinner.