PLANS are underway to extend more traditional hospitals in wide parts of the country, said U Myint Oo, a director from the Department of Traditional Medicine.
The Department of Traditional Medicine said it will officially open 19 hospitals and eight township departments of traditional medicine in the near future. These facilities have been constructed since 2014-15 fiscal year.
Arrangements are being made to soon open a 50-bed traditional medicine hospital in Bago Town; 25-bed hospitals in Bawlakhe, Kalay, NyaungU and Kengtung towns; and 16-bed hospitals in Yedashe, Gyobingauk, Pyu, Mawlamyine, Mansi, Kantbalu, YeU, Htigyaing, Dawei, Nyaunglaybin, Paungte, Pyawbwe, Kyauktaw and Kyethi townships.
The township departments of traditional medicine is scheduled to be launched in Shartaw, Htantalan, Wetlet, Tamu, Hopan, Dekkinathiri, Zabuthiri and Zeyathiri towns.
At present, the number of people who rely on traditional medicine for their primary healthcare needs has significantly increased. This is the main reason for extension of traditional medicine hospitals and health department, U Myint Oo said. “The health facilities have already been built in the project areas. Continuous efforts are being made to construct staff housings and install electricity connection, water supply system and other necessities for the new buildings. Upon completion, these new hospitals will be opened as quickly as possible,” he added.
U Win Myint Oo, head of Yangon Region Traditional Medicine Department, said that healthcare services have been given to patients at the 100-bed hospitals through seven units, including general medicine unit, outpatient unit, child health unit and paralysis unit.
“The majority of patients are suffering from paralysis, stroke and orthopedic,” he added. Traditional treatment of rehabilitation such as massage and fomentation are also available at outpatient department of traditional medicine hospitals.
For the time being, there are three 100-bed hospitals in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. A total of 28 hospitals including nine 50-bed hospitals, 26-bed and 16-bed hospitals have been opened in other towns. The number of township department of traditional medicine has reached 210 nationwide.
Authorities conducted checks on drug stores as some unregistered mixed medicines are available in the market. Last fiscal year, 63 brands were found to be unregistered medicines. Traditional medical practitioners have urged the people to receive treatment at traditional medicine hospitals and clinics and take medicines after checking the registration and expiry dates of traditional medicines.
May Thet Hnin