MoH seeks private health sector’s data to draw strategy

Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe at the Central Group on Private Health Works meeting 1/2019 in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. photo: mna
Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe at the Central Group on Private Health Works meeting 1/2019 in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. photo: mna

Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe addressed the Central Group on Private Health Works meeting 1/2019 at the Ministry of Health and Sports, yesterday, urging the private hospitsl to send correct data regularly to the ministry to make correct decision for health care strategy.
“The ministry was implementing the national health project and only when the data and information were complete and correct could the ministry make correct decisions, establish strategies and conduct works and thus private health works should provide news and information to the ministry,” said Dr. Myint Htwe.
He also urged the private hospitals to join the private hospitals association and the effectiveness and experiences of the three hospital management courses conducted in 2018 are required to be reviewed and evaluated.
He continued to say that health care services for the people were being conducted by the government and that the private sector and this Central Group played a vital role in systematic development of private health care services.
Much emphasis will be placed towards systematically conducting and following up on the suggestions and discussions of the Central Group members. As of 31 December 2018 there are 239 private hospitals, 720 specialist clinics, 217 diagnostic laboratories, 137 X-ray diagnostic clinics, 47 delivery rooms or birthing places, 5,462 general clinics that were granted licenses to provide private health care services.
The quality, safety, reliability of x-ray and diagnostic laboratories must be reviewed and evaluated regularly. Private health care services operating without licenses were being closed down.
As of August 2018 the ministry conducted training courses for personnel from 43 private hospitals to use the District Health Information System 2 (DHIS 2) electronic management support system on providing news and information and the ministry was making arrangements to continue the training to the remaining private hospitals in 2019.
Discussions and coordination were being conducted with private hospitals to include the list of cancer patients taking treatment in private hospitals in the cancer patient registration system conducted by Non-Communicable Diseases Department.
If private hospitals provided the number of patients and the treatments provided, the ministry would know the country-wide treatments required and know and decide on the required health care works.
A meeting or discussion with private hospitals association members and relevant experts should be held for the systematic development of private hospitals and to provide full quality health care to the people.
Members of Central Group on Private Health Works were urged to openly discuss and provide necessary suggestions, said the Union Minister.
Next, Department of Medical Services Deputy Director General Dr. Thida Hla discussed about general matters related to private health care works.
The meeting was attended by directors-general and officials of the governmental departments concerned, Myanmar Medical Council Chairman; Myanmar Medical Association Chairman; Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Council; Central Group on Private Health Works members and officials. — MNA

(Translated by Zaw Min)

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