Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe joins THET’s 2020 Conference

Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe speaks during the opening session of 2020 Conference of the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) via videoconference on 1 October 2020. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe made a speech at the opening session of 2020 Conference of the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) that based in the United Kingdom yesterday via videoconferencing.
The conference was held under the theme ‘Health for all: A decade to deliver’.
Mr Ben Simms, the Chief Executive Officer of THET, said that the conference was attended by over 460 experts from more than 30 countries although the event was coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that among over 1 million global deaths, 7,000 persons were health workers.
He also advised to continue essential and necessary healthcare services with the possible funds, technologies and expertise, and pointed out the need of more assistance to foster partnership relations between UK and Myanmar.
Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom from the World Health Organization, talked about the losses of lives, property and employments caused by the COVID-19 which began 9 months ago, the requirement of quality healthcare services required for socioeconomic development, and the establishment of a better world by close cooperation among the members of WHO.
Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe explained the use of possible resources in Myanmar to prevent and control measures against the pandemic, emphasized public participation plays crucial for the containment of pandemic and cooperation with the health organizations across the world for rapid control of the disease. He added that global countries need to work for development of health standards in possible ways and approaches, importance of healthcare measures in tuberculosis, HIV, syphilis, vaccination programmes, non-communicable diseases, child and maternal healthcares and other health services.
He also advised policy makers and health project managers from the countries with low and middle income rates to resume such health services after the momentum of pandemic has decreased to a certain level.
The Union Minister continued to say about alternative approach in providing healthcare services for Myanmar people, and expressed thanks to the THET for its assistance and cooperation in Myanmar.
The Cambridge-Yangon Trauma Intervention Project has been implementing with the assistance of THET since 7 years ago for medical treatments to bone diseases and injuries, intensive cares, brains and nerves.
He also appreciated the ‘Myanmar-UK Health Alliance’ which is the joint project between the two countries for its crucial role in medical treatments in the country, and requested for more assistance to Myanmar for achieving healthcare for everyone, sustainable development goals, and equal rights for healthcare services.
The MoHS has established the Myanmar Health Sector Coordination Committee for better collaboration with the international organizations.
Dr Bethany Moos , the general practitioner from England, shared the experiences in conducting research on the snake-bite projects, and Dr Navina Evens from the East London NHS Foundation Trust about the cooperation in global health network of National Health Service of the United Kingdom.
The four-day conference will be continued on 2, 5 and 6 October via videoconferencing.—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)

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