More work needed to raise standard of care at Yangon General Hospital: State Counsellor

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attends the meeting on the Yangon General Hospital Reinvigoration at University of Medicine-1 in Yangon yesterday. photo: Bo Bo

Yangon General Hospital has become a reliable provider of medical care for the people in past years, but much work still needs to be accomplished to reach the required medical standards, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday.
She made her remarks at the meeting on the Yangon General Hospital Reinvigoration, held at the University of Medicine-1 (Yangon) yesterday.
“Thanks to the efforts of responsible personnel and experts, we can say that Yangon General Hospital has returned to becoming the most reliable hospital for the people in the past years, but it has not reached the standards that we targeted,” said the State Counsellor.
Speaking at the meeting, the State Counsellor also stressed the need to take the long-term development model of the hospital into consideration when the reinvigoration measures are carried out for the entire hospital, and not just for each building.
The Hluttaw approved the Yangon General Hospital reinvigoration and upgrading project in December 2012, and the project began in 2013.

At the beginning of her remarks, the State Counsellor expressed her pleasure for having the opportunity to participate in improving the hospital since the project began.
She said the incumbent government has made strenuous efforts to ensure the delivery of public health care, because if public health activities provide good care, then people will need treatment at the hospital less frequently.
Also, the fewer the number of patients at the hospital, the greater the quality and higher standard of medical care can be given to each patient in the hospital, she noted.
“The incumbent government is carrying out public health works from a basic level, highlighting the importance of public health as part of efforts to decrease the risks when receiving care at the hospital, and to increase the level of heath care for patients needing to receive treatment at the hospital,” said the State Counsellor.
The number of patients who received medical treatment at Yangon General Hospital increased from 245,790 in 2013 to 440,231 in 2017, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
There were 89,872 in-patients and 23,745 patients who underwent operations in 2017.
“To be able to provide quality medical treatment to such high numbers of patients, and to establish departments systematically, the reinvigoration and upgrading of Yangon General Hospital is being carried out,” said Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe.
Measures were taken to ensure successes, and steps were put in place to carry out long-term plans, he added.
Renovation of the main building of the hospital, teaching by foreign professors, and creating digital health records are being carried out at the hospital by the Rangoon General Hospital Reinvigoration Charity Trust-RGHR.
Mr. Robin Cross, Consultant for the Rangoon General Hospital Reinvigoration Charitable Trust-RGHR, suggested that a committee be formed on implementing long-term plans and a national-level management committee for carrying out plans for the hospital, to be able to effectively complete the project.
Also, Dr. Tin Myo Win, member of the supporting group for Yangon General Hospital, expressed his thanks to the Yangon Region Government for settling the issue of squatters and taxis being parked in the compound of the hospital.
Dr. Kyaw Myint, member of the committee, suggested there needs to be harmony between the old buildings and planned new buildings for the hospital.
Finally, Daw Nilar Kyaw, of Yangon Region Minister for Electricity, Industry and Transportation, suggested the Ministry of Health and Sports assign more engineers to assist with the project.

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