State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Chairperson of the Central Committee for Development of Border Areas and National Races, met with the residents of Homalin, Sagaing Region, yesterday and discussed several issues, including 24-hour electricity supply, fighting the drug problem, amending the Constitution, and improving healthcare services.
The State Counsellor, along with Union Ministers, Sagaing Region Chief Minister Dr. Myint Naing, and officials, flew over the Chindwin River and the Uru Creek and inspected the environmental damage caused by mining.
At the meeting with locals in Htamanthi, the State Counsellor listened to their concerns.
The residents of Htamanthi outlined their requirements, including round-the-clock power supply, construction of a bridge to link Htamanthi and Leshi, and prevention and control of drug use. They also discussed the role of people in amending the Constitution, ways to ensure sufficient supply of drinking water in the village, and the need for assigning a doctor at the local station hospital.
In response to their requests, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said the nationwide electrification plan would cover 50 per cent of Myanmar. She said she will check whether Htamanthi Village was included in the plan.
Regarding the bridge over the Htamanthi River, the State Counsellor said the construction on the infrastructure would start when the authorities received the budget allocation for the bridge.
To eliminate the drugs abuses in the region, she said it was difficult for a government to achieve success in fighting the drug abuses without participation of the people and it was found that drug users became the traffickers later.
She continued to say that the Union Government was giving special emphasis to the tasks to prevent and control narcotic drugs while promoting the capacity of the police.
Steps were being taken at the Hluttaw to amend the Constitution, and the people have an important role in this, said the State Counsellor.
She continued to say that people were needed not to forget their role in the country as the role of each and every citizen was important not only in Myanmar but also in other countries.
Measures taken by Members of Parliament represented the people and every issue in the country concerns each and every
citizen, said State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Regarding the health care service in Htamanthi, the State Counsellor informed the local people that a doctor for the Htamanthi Station Hospital was on the way to Htamanthi, adding that the Ministry of Health and Sports had issued a directive to the outgoing medical professionals to leave their hospitals only after they had handed over their duties properly to the incoming doctors.
She also promised that a survey would be carried out in the village to supply drinking water sufficiently. The State Counsellor asked the people to cooperate with the government as it was carrying out the development of the whole country.
After the meeting, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited the Homalin People’s Hospital and comforted the patients receiving medical care there. In the inspection tour, the State Counsellor fulfilled the requirements including doctors and X-ray machine for the hospital and gave instructions to the doctors on providing health care to the people. Afterwards, she inspected the Chindwin Bridge (Homalin) over the Chindwin River.
The Chindwin Bridge (Homalin) was constructed and inaugurated in the time of the incumbent government. The reinforced-type bridge is 2,762 ft long.
Afterwards, she went
to the Monywa University and formally opened the Literature and Cultural Committee Office of the Shan and Chin ethnic people.
Afterwards, the State Counsellor encouraged the students learning at the practical rooms of Physics, Chemistry and Geology at the university.
She also met with the students during the visit to the university and urged them to study diligently for the country and the people.
Afterwards, the State Counsellor greeted the local people, faculty members, students and town elders at the University and in Monywa.