The seventh session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw held its 16th-day meeting in the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning, where asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered. The Hluttaw’s approval was also obtained after a report on two bills was read and a bill was tabled.
First, U Chit Htwe of Magway Region constituency (3) raised a question on the plan to build a rural health centre in the Magway Region, Natmauk Township, Htanpinkongyi Village. Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe replied that the Magway Region Public Health Department had recommended building a rural health centre in Htanpinkongyi Village. The requisite arrangements will be made to build this in the 2018-2019 fiscal year (FY), but if, for any reason, it is not done due to other priority works, it will be built in the 2019-2020 FY, said the Union Minister.
Replying to a question raised by U Kyaw Thaung of Sagaing Region constituency (1) on the plan to provide surgical stainless steel rods at affordable prices to treat patients with broken bones, Dr. Myint Htwe said the Department of Medical Services had a profit margin of 10 per cent for high quality medicines, while a budget of Ks43.8 billion had been earmarked for the 2017-2018 FY to purchase medical equipment. Some 2,000 surgical steel rods are being bought for the 2017-2018 FY. A surgical steel rod is sold for between Ks130,000 and Ks160,000 and is bought from China and India. Surgical steel rods from America cost more than Ks500,000 and, therefore, are not used. Surgical steel rods from China and India are of good quality, while Myanmar was receiving assistance from other countries. For example, on 25 December, 2017, the Surgical Implant Generation Network, along with AMFA, donated 912 surgical steel rods to nine people hospitals and two military hospitals, explained the Union Minister. A question by Dr. Pyae Phyo of the Ayeyawady Region constituency (7) on the plan to upgrade the Shwelaung cottage hospital was also answered by Dr. Myint Htwe. Next, a report by the Amyotha Hluttaw bill committee on the findings and recommendations for a bill related to the protection of wildlife and the conservation of natural areas, sent back by the Pyithu Hluttaw with confirmed amendments, was read and explained by committee member Daw Nan Ni Ni Aye. In her explanation, she said the bill committee had conducted detailed discussions with the Amyotha Hluttaw representatives, relevant ministries, officials from World Wildlife Fund Myanmar, experts from the attorney general’s office, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, and the legal affairs and special cases assessment commission of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
She further asked the Amyotha Hluttaw to approve the bill, as it had been amended by the bill committee, along with its latest amendments (by Pyithu Hluttaw). After the Hluttaw’s agreement was obtained, the Amyotha Hluttaw speaker announced the approval of the bill. Later, a report by the bill committee on the findings and recommendations for a 2017 bill to amend the vacant, fallow and virgin lands management law was read by committee member Daw Kyin Ngike Mann. The Amyotha Hluttaw speaker then announced the approval of the bill, after the Hluttaw’s agreement was obtained.
A motion related to the bill was tabled by Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw. The motion was supported by U Maung Maung Latt of Sagaing Region constituency (9). The Hluttaw’s agreement to confirm the amendment was obtained, after which Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than announced the confirmation.
The 17th-day meeting of the seventh session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw will be held on 14 February.
By Aye Aye Thant
(Myanmar News Agency)