The Ministry of Health and Sports opened a dispensary at a busy highway terminal on the western outskirts of Yangon yesterday to provide early treatment to passengers and to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the dispensary at the Dagon Ayeyar Highway Terminal in Hlethaya Township, the Union Minister for Health and Sports, Dr. Myint Htwe, said the bus terminal handles over 220 buses and 30,000 passengers travelling between Yangon and Ayeyawady regions and Rakhine State on a daily basis, and therefore, there is a high risk for the spread of contagious diseases to these regions.
He said the dispensary will allow early identification of diseases and their treatment, deal with medical emergencies before the patients are sent to a hospital, and conduct healthcare education programmes.
The Union Minister said people living near the highway terminal will also get free treatment at the dispensary. Optometrists and otolaryngologists will also visit the dispensary once a month, he said. Afterwards, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe delivered a speech.
He then joined the Union Minister and other officials to confer honorary certificates to donors for the dispensary. Thereafter, they toured the building and inspected the new ambulance.
The Union Minister, the Yangon Mayor, Pyithu Hluttaw MP Dr. May Win Myint, Amyotha Hluttaw MP U Aye Bo, Regional constituency 2 Hluttaw MP U Myat Min Thu, Permanent Secretary 1 from the MOHSS, Prof. Dr. Thet Khaing Win, and Director-General Dr. Than Tun Aung, opened the dispensary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Union Minister and his entourage visited the Hlinethaya General Hospital in the afternoon and toured the facilities.
The Union Minister saw the construction work on the hospital’s new four-story extension. There, he met with Chief Physician Dr. Than Lwin Oo, hospital officials, Director-General Daw Khin Tint Yar Mhwae from the Building Special Group 1 of the Ministry of Construction and officials. He asked about the requirements for opening the four-story building as soon as possible, and discussed medical staff matters and the all-round development of the hospital. Afterwards, the Union Minister visited the Kyan Sitt Min Residence in Hlinethaya Township and inspected the completed 5-story 6-room building and 4-story 2-room building for the hospital’s staff, agreed to be purchased from the Ministry of Construction. —MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)