19th Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Conf. to be held on 28 Dec. in Nay Pyi Taw

Vice President U Myint Swe delivers the speech at the meeting to organize the 19th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Myint Swe delivers the speech at the meeting to organize the 19th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

A steering committee and a work committee held a coordination meeting to organize the 19th Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Conference (19th MTMPC) at the meeting hall in Office No. 4, Ministry of Health and Sports in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Vice President U Myint Swe in his capacity as patron of the steering committee addressed the meeting.
In addressing the meeting, the Vice President said that on 29 November 2018, the Office of the President has formed an 8-member steering committee to successfully organize the 19th MTMPC and assigned six tasks. To successfully implement these tasks, a work committee and nine sub-committees were formed and these committee and sub-committees have been conducting their respective tasks.
The day’s meeting was to discuss, cooperate and coordinate toward successfully holding the 19th MTMPC in Nay Pyi Taw on 28 December 2018. The conferences have been held annually without fail since 2000 with six in Yangon and 12 in Nay Pyi Taw, making up a total of 18 conferences. All these conferences were held successfully not by the Ministry of Health and Sports alone but with the cooperation and assistance of other related ministries. Therefore, it was expected that all would cooperate and assist as they have always done to successfully conduct the 19th MTMPC, said the Vice President. The 19th MTMPC was being held with the aim of all-round development of the Myanmar traditional medicine practitioners’ community and increasing the quality of Myanmar traditional medicine; raising the ethics and dignity of Myanmar traditional medicine practitioners; to provide more public health protection through Myanmar traditional medicine; and development of Myanmar traditional medicine to improve Myanmar traditional medicine.
MTMPC was also held with the aim of establishing new treatments and cures through increasing research, eradicating of bogus practitioners, following of medical ethics and practices, expanding herbal gardens in the country, increase the planting of medicinal herbs, and training and producing of qualified traditional medicine practitioners.
The President sends a message whenever the annual MTMPC was held. A day before the conference was held, a pre-conference discussion would be held and the conference would start after the opening ceremony. In the evening a dinner would be hosted and the conference would continue the next day, said the Vice President.
It is learnt that the conference will be attended by Hluttaw representatives, representatives of union ministries, Traditional Medicine Council members, members of traditional medicine advisory groups, Myanmar Traditional Medicine Practitioner Association members, traditional medicine producers association members, representatives of local non-governmental organizations and over 380 states and regions conference delegates.
Based on past experiences of conducting the conference annually, all need to strive hard so that nothing is amiss, said the Vice President.
Next, Steering Committee chairman and Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe explained about the works conducted so far to achieve good results at the conference. Steering Committee secretary Ministry of Health and Sports Permanent Secretary Dr. Thet Khaing Win explained about forming of work committees and sub-committees, works assigned, conference agenda, attendee list, arrangements to submit proposals and commendations, and cooperation arrangements of committees and sub-committees. Meeting attendees also provided sector wise suggestions and discussions.
Finally, Steering Committee Patron Vice President U Myint Swe gave comments and advice to ensure proper coordination based on the discussions and suggestions presented. The meeting came to a close after the Vice President delivered a closing remark.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Mya Lay Sein, Pyithu Hluttaw Health and Sports Development Committee Chairman Dr. San Shwe Win, Amyotha Hluttaw Health, Sports and Cultural Affairs Committee Chairman Dr. Zaw Lin Htut, Permanent Secretary Dr. Tha Tun Kyaw, members of the Steering Committee, the Work Committee and nine sub-committees. — MNA

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