January 16, 2018

Vice President U Myint Swe attends 18th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Conference

Vice President U Myint Swe delivers an opening speech at the 18th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners Conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Myint Swe attended and delivered an opening address at the opening ceremony of 18th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Conference held yesterday morning in Myanmar International Convention Centre-2 (MICC-II).
The Vice President said “I wish the union ministers, the chairman of the Nay Pyi Taw Council, Deputy Ministers, members of the Nay Pyi Taw Council, Chairmen of Pyithu Hluttaw Health and Sports Development Committee and Amyotha Hluttaw Health, Sports and Culture Development Committee, Permanent Secretaries of the ministries, ambassadors, Directors-General of the governmental departments, resident representatives of the UN agencies, officials from the Non-Governmental Organisations, members of the Traditional Medicine Council, advisers for Traditional Medicine, traditional medicine producers and the delegates to the 18th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Conference health and happiness. The Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners Conference has been held annually since 2000, and this year marks the 18th anniversary of the conference. The 18th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Conference is being held with the objective of promoting the knowledge of Myanmar Traditional Medicine and the quality of traditional medicines, improving the code of conduct of Myanmar traditional medicine practitioners and providing more health care services to the public through traditional medical science.
Myanmar Traditional Medicine, which is the traditional heritage of the Myanmar people, we need to give encouragement to ensure that the traditional healing practices are preserved and that the potency of the cures remains intact. While we give encouragement to ensure that the healing methods develop systematically, we must work towards uplifting the standard of Myanmar Traditional Medicine healing practices and traditional medicines to international standard, by using modern equipment and modern methods and conducting systematic research to develop standards.
Today, the Union Government has been making efforts on all fronts to save Myanmar traditional healing practices which are on the brink of extinction by encouraging well-experienced and learned traditional healing practitioners, and making efforts to rediscover traditional treatises and therapies written on ancient palm leaf manuscripts called “Pay parabaik”, highly effective traditional healing practices, valuable herbs,highly valuable medicinal plants and natural herbal and mineral resources of medicinal value. Furthermore, the Union Government has organized the convening of Annual Conferences and Seminars for traditional medicine practitioners from around the country annually so that they can exchange and share their medical knowledge with each other.
For promoting research works and research areas to develop Myanmar traditional medicine, 26 research projects, which is one of the proposals submitted at the last year’s conference, are being carried out with government budget. Besides, the government is scrutinizing traditional medicine production as part of its efforts for encouraging advertisements of traditional medicine which meet medical ethics and traditional medicine production industries which meet the required standards. It is also learnt that modern traditional medicine production industries with international packaging systems have emerge in the private sector. In relation to the Myanmar traditional medicine and nutritional health supplements, we need to prepare to the best of our ability so that they can meet the requirements of the ASEAN Economic Community and to make sure they are in accordance with the Free Trade Agreements. Besides, all are obliged to make efforts for getting intellectual property rights for Myanmar traditional medicine, which possesses intrinsic properties, firm foundations and highly effective remedies.
Let me conclude my opening address by wishing you success in implementing these conference objectives: to save the treatment methods of traditional practitioners for every disease and to practice them at the traditional medicine hospitals and clinics; to promote cooperation with international organizations to be able to promote the standard of Myanmar traditional medicine; to disseminate health knowledge to the housewives through Myanmar traditional medicine; to preserve the healing practices and methods of Myanmar traditional medicine, which is based on the Four Great Nayar as a national heritage; and to review and test the old Myanmar traditional medicine teaching methods which have been used throughout the ages.
Next, a Message of Greetings sent by President U Htin Kyaw to the 18th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners Conference was read by Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe after which the opening ceremony was concluded.
After the conclusion of the ceremony, Vice President U Myint Swe, Union Ministers, guests, conference organizing committee members, Hluttaw affairs committee members, departmental heads, representatives from foreign embassies, Myanmar Traditional Medicine Council members, advisors for traditional medicine, Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioner (Central) Association chairman and member, traditional medicine producers and conference representatives took a commemorative group photo.
The Vice President and guests then visited the exhibits of Myanmar traditional medicine producers in the hall.
The 18th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners Conference was held with the aim of promoting the standards of Myanmar traditional medicine, enhancing the quality of Myanmar traditional medicine, improving the code of conduct of Myanmar traditional medicine practitioners and providing more health care services to the public through traditional medical science it is learnt.
In the evening the Vice President attended the dinner hosted in honor of the 18th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Conference in Myanmar International Convention Centre-2 (MICC-II).

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