Maternal, newborn care ward of Magway hospital handed over to DMS

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Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe participates in the handover ceremony of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatal Ward of the Magway General Hospital via videoconference on 27 November 2020. Photo: MNA

The recently-completed Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatal Ward of the Magway General Hospital was handed over to the Department of Medical Services of the Ministry of Health and Sports yesterday.
Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe and Magway Region Chief Minister Dr Aung Moe Nyo joined the handover ceremony of the three-storey medical facility via videoconference.
Speaking at the event, the Union Minister said that the Government of Japan has been providing assistance for Myanmar’s health sector, and one of them was upgrading of the Magway General Hospital.
The ministry ordered medical equipment including MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) machines and CT (computed tomography) scanners that are needed for the hospital, he said.
JICA has been constructing health infrastructures in Myanmar including currently-upgrading Loikaw General Hospital, Lashio General Hospital and Dawei General Hospital, and currently-constructing new wards at the Yangon General Hospital, he added.
He expressed thanks to JICA for providing assistance in Myanmar’s battling against COVID-19.
Magway Chief Minister Dr Aung Moe Nyo said that Magway General Hospital is crucial for the region and upgrading of the hospital is very beneficial for the region.
The mortality rate of mother and children under 1-year-old in Magway Region is still higher than other regions and states. The completion of the upgrading of the hospital would be very beneficial for the region.
Counsellor of Japan Embassy in Myanmar Mr Takimi Kazuyuki said the upgrading of Magway General Hospital was completed, and medical equipment needed for the hospital would be provided.
Japan will continue providing assistance not only for COVID-19 control processes but also for other healthcare sectors.
Government of Japan provided 2,281 million Japanese Yen for the upgrading of Magway General Hospital.
The hospital’s new three-storey building includes an obstetrics and gynaecology ward, a neonatal unit, an emergency department and a surgical ward.—MNA  (Translated by Kyaw Zin Tun)

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