President visits hospital in Homalin, urges health workers to spread knowledge

President U Thein Sein presents gift to a child patient at Homalin People’s Hospital.—IPRD
President U Thein Sein presents gift to a child patient at Homalin People’s Hospital.—IPRD

Nay Pyi Taw, 6 April — President U Thein Sein comforted patients at the surgical and women’s wards at Homahin Township Hospital on Monday, presenting them with gifts during his inspection tour of Homalin, Sagaing Region.
The president was accompanied by union ministers Lt-Gen Ko Ko, U Soe Thane, U Tin Naing Thein, U Hla Tun, U Ohn Myint, U Nyan Tun Aung, U Win Tun and U Ye Htut, Lt-Gen Myint Soe of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) and deputy ministers.
After visiting a medical store and dental clinic, the president urged doctors and health workers to disseminate health knowledge to the people not only at hospital but at basic education schools.
He stressed the need to reduce the mortality rate and minimize the death rate of children under five.
Homalin Hospital was opened as a 25-bed facility in 1900. It was reopened at a temporary building in 1947 after fire engulfed the hospital building. In 1954, the temporary building was damaged.
The 120-foot-long and 98-foot-wide new building was opened in 1997. The Ministry of Health upgraded it to a 100-bed facility in September 2004. The government spent K820 million on construction of the upgraded hospital building on 10.5 acres of land on Naungpakyit Hill and opened it in 2008.
The president and party visited downtown Homalin and along the Strand Road.
He met Sagaing Region Shan Ethnic Affairs Minister U San Shwe and members of the Shan literature and culture committee, as well as officials of the development supporting committees and development affairs committees from Homalin, Phaungpyin and Shwepyiaye towns at Kyaukse Hall in Homalin.—MNA

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