Yangon General Hospital gets new 320-bed cancer ward

Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe addresses the opening ceremony of the Oncology Ward at Yangon General Hospital yesterday. Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe addresses the opening ceremony of the Oncology Ward at Yangon General Hospital yesterday. Photo: MNA

The Yangon General Hospital opened its new 320-bed cancer ward at a five-storey building in its compound yesterday.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Union Minister for Health and Sports, Dr. Myint Htwe, said the government allotted K 3,200 million for building the five-storey ward, with the aim of providing quality treatment to cancer patients.
“Before the opening of the new oncology ward, the existing ward was treating 180 to 200 patients daily, even though its accommodation capacity is just 80 beds,” he said.
“The new ward is equipped with an adequate amount of medicines and facilities, especially ones that can alleviate the pain suffered by cancer patients,” he said.
“Additionally, the ministry will provide good nutritionists and neurologists for the convenience of patients,” he said.
“The new ward has its own management body, medics skilled in solving the social problems of patients, restrooms, reading corners, and TVs,” said the Union Minister. “The ward will also raise awareness among families about nosocomial infections, as cancer normally reduces the immunity of patients,”
he added.
A cancer registry has already been started for the whole nation as greater accuracy in the number of patients is the determining factor in supplying sufficient medicines and medical equipment, he said.
The ministry is prioritizing health awareness campaigns in order to reduce the number of cancer patients, he said adding, screening tests are also being conducted, depending on the budget allotment.
The Union Minister also elaborated on the extension of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination in 2020, in cooperation with Gavi, the dissemination of breast self-exam (BSE) through mobile tablets distributed by the ministry, and MoUs with international organizations for the supply of high-quality anticancer drugs, and called for greater financial allotment for broader research programs.
Later, the Chief Minister of Yangon Region, U Phyo Min Thein, thanked all those who lent a helping hand in opening the oncology ward, which will support the City Cancer Project of Yangon. He promised continuous assistance for the sustainable progress of the ward.
Afterwards, Dr. Myint Htwe, Dr. Tin Myo Win, the Patron of the YGH supportive committee and the Chair of the Union Peace Commission, and Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein unveiled the signboard for the ward.
Then, Deputy Minister Dr. Mya Lay Sein, Permanent Secretary Prof. Dr. Thet Khaing Win, Rector/YGH Medical Superintendent Dr. Yee Yee Myint, and Dr. Myint Myint Aye formally opened the ward.
An official with the contractor of the new ward presented related documents to the permanent secretary after which the Union Minister toured the ward.—MNA (Translated by TMT)

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