Pyithu Hluttaw discusses sports infrastructure, healthcare

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Pyithu Hluttaw speaker U Win Myint. Photo: MNA

The 10th-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the second Pyithu Hluttaw was held in the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall, Nay Pyi Taw, yesterday morning.
At the meeting, Dr. Salai Rianville of Falam constituency raised a question on the plan to upgrade the Falam Centenary football field into a standard football field. Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe said Falam Town had the Centenary and Hran Thio football fields. The Centenary football field was upgraded in the 2015-2016 fiscal year (FY) with Ks60 million, and a stadium is being built in the 2017-2018 FY with Ks27 million. To upgrade the Centenary football field into a standard football field, the ministry will require an estimated Ks250 million to build a 500-foot-long rock-lined retaining wall and Ks120 million to build a 400-metre five-track racing strip around the football field, the total requirement being Ks370 million. Therefore, there is no plan to upgrade the football field further, replied the Union Minister.
Responding to a question by U Min Thein of Taungdwingyi constituency on the plan to increase the number of doctors of psychology in district-level hospitals in Myanmar, Dr. Myint Htwe said that of the 74 districts in the country, some 34 townships have more than 200-bed hospitals that had in its setup a specialist doctor of psychology, while 24 townships had appointed a doctor of psychology. Under the department of health, there are 51 hospitals, of which, 39 had appointed a doctor of psychology, which is 76.5 per cent of the hospitals.
The remaining 40 districts only have 100, 50 or 25 beds and did not have a doctor of psychology in their organisation’s setup. Doctors of psychology were not appointed full-time even in hospitals where the organisation’s setup included such a position, and thus, it would not be possible to appoint doctors of psychology in all district-level hospitals, replied the Union Minister.
Questions raised by U Sai Maung Pwint of Tangyan constituency, U Myo Nyunt of Homalin constituency, U Than Aung of Ngaputaw constituency and Daw Khin Saw Wai of Yathedaung constituency were also answered by Dr. Myint Htwe.
Next, a motion urging the government to improve the rural community health standards and healthcare coverage to include all nationals by forming regional doctors and township health personnel into a mobile medical team and conducting field visits to villages was tabled by Dr U Aung Khin of Pyin Oo Lwin constituency. The motion was supported by U Hla Tun Aung of Mahlaing constituency.
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint then requested the Hluttaw representatives who wanted to discuss the motion to enrol their names.
With regards to the bill to repeal the municipal law, returned without amendment by the Amyotha Hluttaw, the Pyithu Hluttaw speaker said both the Hluttaws had agreed on the bill, and Pyidaungsu Hluttaw was notified to confirm it. The Pyithu Hluttaw speaker announced that the matter would be followed up according to the Pyithu Hluttaw’s rules.
The 11th-day meeting of the seventh regular session of the second Pyithu Hluttaw is scheduled for 2 February.


Hmwe Kyu Zin

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