Ministry of Health and Sports distributes mobile tablets to basic medical officers, township doctors in Kayah State

Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe discusses the medical mobile tablets with officials in Loikaw’s state hall in Kayah State yesterday. Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe discusses the medical mobile tablets with officials in Loikaw’s state hall in Kayah State yesterday. Photo: MNA

Dr. Myint Htwe, the Union Minister for Health and Sports, attended a ceremony held in Loikaw’s state hall in Kayah State on 21 October where the ministry distributed mobile tablets to the basic medical staff and township doctors in Kayah State.
Firstly, Kayah State Chief Minister U L Phaung Sho delivered an address where he expressed the honor for having Kayah State chosen as the first place to receive mobile tablets for their basic medical staff and township doctors. He said the health sector in Kayah State has seen noticeable improvements which are in part due to the compassion and sense of duty the medical staff have in their work. He said the Kayah State government will continue working hand in hand with the Ministry of Health and Sports in providing further support.
Next, Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe gave his speech. He said the purpose of distributing the mobile tablets is to promote the public healthcare skills of the medical staff in addition to more effective dissemination of information relating to healthcare to the public and increasing the capability for medical treatment administered by doctors stationed in townships and settlements on the frontlines.
The Union Minister said future sustainable medical training and development of medical ethics will be performed using mobile tablets. He said the mobile tablets given to basic medical contain over 120 soft-copies of books, guidelines, handbooks and other documents distributed by the ministry. The mobile tablets given to doctors contain more than 400 documents on modern treatment procedures, guidebooks and references, he said. Additionally, the latest documents will be transferred or amended from the central command in real-time.
The Union Minister said the mobile tablets will be able to send guidelines and procedures in times of public health emergencies and symptoms of potential epidemics as they occur so that the disease can be treated in the shortest possible time. He said better quality of medical treatment can be administered in township and rural medical facilities, thus reducing the need for people from those areas to travel long distances to city hospitals.
The Union Minister said the mobile tablets will allow access to online lectures by professors and professionals from the medical field. He said the mobile tablets will help medical staff in facilitating public health talks and that medical training, discussions and treatment instructions could possibly be delivered through the mobile tablets in the future.
The Union Minister said 13,477 mobile tablets have been purchased with national funds and 650 more were donated by private organizations. He said GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance will support the purchase of an additional 14,000 mobile tablets. He concluded his speech saying that the amount of investment in the mobile tablets will bring greater benefits in healthcare.
Afterwards, the Union Minister handed over the mobile tablets to Kayah State Chief Minister U L Phaung Sho and State Minister for Development Affairs and Social Affairs Dr. Aung Kyaw Htay.
The mobile tablets were then distributed to 419 basic medical staff and 17 doctors of township-level hospitals, with the rest of the tablets to be distributed to the remaining medical officials soon.
Following this was an explanation of the documents and books contained in the mobile tablets by Dr. Aye Aye Sein, the Deputy Director-General of the Public Health Department. Additionally, Sagaing Region health ambassador Ma Mary Cole introduced the mobile tablets and Yangon Region health ambassador Dr. Soe Nyi Nyi Tun also performed a demonstration with medical staff. —MNA

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