Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Myanmar to provide emergency healthcare for tourists

The Shwe Zanaka Company will provide emergency healthcare services for tourists in Kyaikto, Mon State on April 1 and will expand to other popular tourist sites in Myanmar.

The company will cooperate with ambulance services, the Ministry of Health and local hospitals for treatment and with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism regarding foreign visitors.

"Now we have opened a clinic in Kyaikto to give emergency healthcare services by cooperating with private doctors," said Dr Myint Lwin from Shwe Zanaka Company, which will provide the emergency healthcare service.

Thousands of local and foreign tourists visit the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda in Kyaikto every year, but the town has lacked sufficient hospitals and clinics ato provide emergency healthcare.

"If any emergency arises while visiting the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, we will treat them immediately at the place where it happens. If we can treat the patient at the clinic, we will do it but if the person needs to be admitted to the hospital, we will contact the public hospitals in Mawlamyine and Thaton. We can also transport the patient to the hospital he or she wants to be admitted to," he added.

Shwe Zanaka Company has contacted social organisations and ambulance services to provide their service. It will also implement tele-medicine system to offer media treatment via the internet or the telephone for the patients who needs medical care while climbing the mountains or are far away from the clinic, according to Dr Myint Lwin.

"At the moment, we have installed C-band satellites in Yangon and Kyaikto in order for us to give instructions for emergency healthcare through the internet. The services are not free but they will be moderate prices. There are also joint cooperation between the government and the private to provide services in other countries," he added.

source: Eleven Myanmar
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