WITH annual increases in public spending on healthcare, Yangon General Hospital was upgraded to a 2,000-bed facility in late November.
“The hospital has been upgraded from a 1,500-bed to a 2,000-bed facility and will boost its healthcare to the people in the near future,” said Dr Aye Ko Ko, the medical superintendent of Yangon General Hospital.
He said the government also provided equipment and labour for the upgrade.
The government provided more than K15.6 billion (US$1.6 million) in total between the 2013-2014 fiscal year and the 2015-2016 fiscal year to the hospital to buy medical equipment.
The government has also increased spending on medicine for the past several years in order to boost free medical services for the public.
There are currently around 500 patients being treated at the general hospital. The hospital employs 58 professors, 28 senior doctors, 192 assistance doctors, 31 senior nurses and 387 assistant nurses. A total of 1,776 medical professionals work at Yangon General Hospital.
Zaw Gyi (Panita)