Yan­gon Or­thopaedic to build hip, knee surgery cen­tre

The Myanmar Times - - News - AUNG PHAY KYI SOE aung­phayky­isoe99@gmail.com

HEALTH author­i­ties plan to erect a five-storey build­ing for hip and knee re­place­ment surgery at Yan­gon Or­thopaedic Hospi­tal within three years, a se­nior hospi­tal of­fi­cial said.

“When the build­ing is fin­ished, it will be a top-of-the­line fa­cil­ity with state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy and will mean that pa­tients no longer have to go abroad for knee and hip surg­eries,” U Aung Swe, med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent of the hospi­tal, said.

He said the Min­istry of Con­struc­tion will man­age the build­ing project us­ing the bud­get of the hospi­tal, and that 30 per cent of the con­struc­tion will be fin­ished within the year.

The build­ing will in­clude a li­brary, and re­search, study and teach­ing fa­cil­i­ties for med­i­cal univer­sity stu­dents spe­cial­is­ing in or­thopaedics, ac­cord­ing to the hospi­tal.

The Min­istry of Health and Sports al­lo­cated K2.8 bil­lion (US$1.8 mil­lion) from the na­tional bud­get over the next three fis­cal years for the new cen­tre and civil ser­vant hous­ing.

“This is good news for mid­dle class and poor peo­ple. The cen­tre will be­come one of the biggest spe­cial­is­ing in hip and knee re­place­ment surgery in Myan­mar,” said Ko Min Min, a pa­tient at the hand sur­gi­cal ward who lives in South Okkalapa town­ship.

Records show that the 300bed hospi­tal serves up to 600 out­pa­tients and nearly 300 in­pa­tients ev­ery day.

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