The Second Amyotha Hluttaw’s ninth regular session held its eigth-day meeting at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday morning. At the meeting, five questions on health sectors was raised, a bill discussed and a motion tabled to discuss a bill.
questions on health sector
In the first question of the day, U Htay Oo of Yangon Region constituency 2 asked if the government has a plan to increase nurses and fund for Yangon Eye Hospital. Deputy Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Mya Lay Sein said the Department of Medical Services will give priority to assign nurses to Yangon Eye Hospital when new nurse appointments are made in December 2018. As for the fund, the hospital was allocated Ks 1,188.627 million in fiscal year 2017-2018 and when there was a request for additional fund, Ks. 68.97 million was provided, said the Deputy Minister.
U Kyaw Thaung of Sagaing Region constituency 1, on the other hand, asked if hospitals have plans to inform and educate visitors to hospitals, and family member, close relative or friend of a patient who tend to the patient in the hospital to follow the hospital rules. Deputy Minister Dr. Mya Lay Sein replied that hospitals display the hospital rules on notice boards in the hospital. Doctors and nurses occasionally provide demonstration on washing hands and informative talks on prevention against communicable diseases to visitors and those tending to the patient. As visitors and those tending to the patients are worried about their patients, education and information programs for them in person are impractical and thus distribution of pamphlets on prevention against communicable diseases will be made through hospital support group. Health information will also be provided through media said the deputy minister.
Replying to question raised by U Ko Ko Naing of Sagaing Region constituency 8 on arrangements made for transfer of Township Medical Officers (TMO) and Assistant Surgeons (AS), Deputy Minister Dr. Mya Lay Sein said when TMO, SMO (Senior Medical Officer) and AS are transferred, the replacement medical personnel is required to work together with the transferred medical personnel for a minimum of two days of overlapping period before duties and responsibilities are transferred. Instructions were given to State and Region Medical Services departments and Departments of Public Health to follow this requirement, said the deputy minister.
Deputy Minister Dr. Mya Lay Sein also replied to questions posed by Daw Htu May of Rakhine State constituency 11 on plan to upgrade a rural health clinic in Yanbye Township, Anauk village to a station hospital and U Whey Tin of Chin State constituency 11 on plans to provide an ambulance and a diesel generator to Chin State, Paletwa Township, Simi town and Miza village station hospitals.
Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association Bill
Next, Dr. Mya Thaung of Bago Region constituency 7 discussed the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association Bill.
Motion on second amendment of Penal Code
Afterwards, a motion to accept and debate the second amendment of the Penal Code was tabled by U Aung Thein of Bago Region constituency 12 and the Hluttaw decided to accept the motion. In his discussion to the Hluttaw for tabling the motion, U Aung Thein said the Penal Code was enacted and practiced for more than 150 years and punishment for offences like Section 376 rape case are outdated and no longer serves as deterrence. This causes the rise in rape of minors and thus the motion to amend the Penal Code was tabled, explained U Aung Thein.
The ninth-day meeting of the 9th regular session of the Second Amyotha Hluttaw will be held on 14 August it is learnt.
By Myo Myint (MNA)