Yangon Orthopaedic to build hip, knee surgery centre
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.