Ambulance system for emergency care being implemented by health ministry

Dr Zaw Oo of Nay Pyi Taw General Hospital (1000-bed).—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
Dr Zaw Oo of Nay Pyi Taw General Hospital (1000-bed).—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

Yangon, 19 Nov —The Ministry of Health has started implementing an ambulance system for emergency cases with the aim of providing pre-hospital care to emergency patients systematically and plans to gradually establish emergency departments in all regions and states.
The ministry is currently collecting data nationwide to obtain the exact number of ambulances owned by social organizations and plans to provide emergency healthcare training to those organizations, Dr Zaw Oo, a specialist from the emergency department at Nay Pyi Taw General Hospital (1,000-bed), told the Global New Light of Myanmar.
He went on to say that the rules pertaining to the use of ambulances are under discussion in Nay Pyi Taw and due to come out soon. The enforcement of rules aims to crack down on such activity as the use of ambulances in timber smuggling.
In order to provide prompt emergency care services, the health ministry has already set up the 192 hotline number for emergency help. The hotline is linked to hospitals in Nay Pyi Taw and its nearby regions. However, CDMA mobile phones cannot make calls to this number, and sometimes  even GSM phones have difficulty. To solve this problem, the health ministry is holding discussions with Myanma Posts and Telecommunication (MPT). Plans are underway to expand the hotlins to other townships, Dr Zaw Oo said.
The ministry also has a plan to conduct emergency care training for highway police as they are able to rush to people in need of such care, with the official clarifying the important role of the fire brigade, construction teams and health departments in developing the emergency system.
Currently there are emergency departments only in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay. The emergency ward at Nay Pyi Taw General Hospital can receive 20 to 26 patients simultaneously, where a total of 12 specialists and 27 skilled nurses are on call at the emergency department, the doctor added. GNLM

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