Rakhine State, Ayayawady Region to get healthcare ships

Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw Mahn Win Khaing Than.  Photo: MNA
Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw Mahn Win Khaing Than.  Photo: MNA

The seventh session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw held its 22nd-day meeting at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning, where asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered and a report read.
At the meeting, U Maung Kyaw Zan of Rakhine State constituency (9) raised a question on the plan to deploy at least one ‘swimming doctor’ (doctors on boat) vessel in the coastal regions of Rakhine State. Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe replied that a swimming doctor or mobile team is useful in areas where travel is difficult and the security situation is good. It should be deployed in areas where healthcare is poor and where it is difficult to open a health care centre when there is an epidemic.
Mobile teams are an important initiative of the Ministry of Health and Sports, and a mobile team is ready for deployment on a vessel. There is a plan to deploy mobile teams on two vessels in Rakhine State and the Ayeyawady Region in the 2018-2019 fiscal year (FY), noted the Union Ninister.
Next, U Myo Win of Mon State constituency (8) asked whether there is a plan to provide government subsidies for electricity in Ye Township, where the price is high, as it is not yet connected to the national grid. He also asked when the national grid would reach Ye Township. Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy Dr. Tun Naing replied that Ye Township was being provided electricity through diesel generators operated by the Myat Thura Company. To increase the power supply before the national grid reaches Ye Township, the Mon State government is planning to construct a 30-megawatt furnace oil or fuel oil (FO) generator in Ye Township, Thanbyuzayat Town, and provide electricity to nearby villages. The Mon State government has already given permission to Bedok Construction and Engineering Co., Ltd. to construct the FO generator, said the Deputy Minister.
For the development of the electricity sector in Mon State, the ministry is spending Ks9.8 billion to build a turnkey system of more than 40 miles of Mawlamyine-Thanbyuzayat 66 kilovolts (KV) power lines, three transformers and a substation. The power line is 33 per cent complete, while the substation is 80 per cent complete. Both will be completed in 2018. Once the Thanbyuzayat substation is completed, 60 miles of Thanbyuzayat-Ye power line and the 66/11 KV 5MVA Ye substation project will be constucted, with a fund of Ks1.274 billion earmarked for this purpose in October and September, respectively, during the 2018-2019 FY period. The Deputy Minister said the construction will take two years, and by the 2019-2020 FY, the national grid will reach Ye Township.
From the Thanbyuzayat-Ye power line, 0.5 miles of 66 KV power line will connect to Anin Village, Thanbyuzayat Township, where a substation will be constructed in the 2019-2020 FY.
In Lamaing Township, Khawza Town, a substation will be built during the 2021-2022 FY period. All of these are part of a five-year plan, and once the substations are completed, the ministry will cooperate and coordinate with the Mon State government to distribute electricity to nearby villages, explained the Deputy Minister.
The 23rd-day meeting of the seventh session of the second Amyotha Hluttaw will be held on 27 February. Aye Aye Thant (Myanmar News Agency)

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