The Second Amyotha Hluttaw held tenth regular session in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. During the meeting, asterisk-marked questions were asked and answered, and the Myanmar Gemstone bill, 2017—sent with an amendment by the Pyithu Hluttaw —was discussed.
Rakhine State’s 16-bed Traditional Medicine Hospital
During the session, U Myint Naing of Rakhine State’s Constituency 5 asked the government about plans to post medical staff and provide medical aids, facilities, and furniture to the 16-bed traditional medicine hospital at the Kyauktaw Towhship in Rakhine State.
Deputy Minister for Health and Sports, Dr. Mya Lay Sein, replied that the ministry has provided 16 beds, 16 lockers, two patient trolleys, four patient examination beds, besides two kinds of other medical equipments and seven types of furniture to the hospital. The medical superintendent of the hospital has informed the Director General of the Department of Traditional Medicine about this, the deputy minister said.
The ministry is also supplying medicines to the traditional medicine clinics thrice a year across the country, she said.
For the traditional medicine hospital in Kyauktaw Township, the Ministry has provided 12 types of medicines at the amount of 14 viss and 50 ticals together with 21 types of medicine weighing 36 viss and 4 tins of medicinal plasters, she said adding that the medical superintendent of the hospital has posted an acceptance letter to the Ministry.
“The hospital currently has deputy medical superintendent U Aung Kyaw Soe, Assistant medical officer Daw Nilar Aye on its staff, and plans are under way to appoint assistant medical officer U Chit Ko Ko. In addition, the Ministry will appoint one sanitation worker and one security worker to the hospital in December,” the deputy minister said.
“A total of 2,154 patients received medical treatment at the hospital, in February and October 2018. The Ministry will fulfill the requirements of the hospital, in collaboration with the Rakhine State Department of Traditional Medicine and the Traditional Medicine Plant in Yangon,” she said.
Next, Daw Ma Ma Lay of Shan State constituency 8 asked if the government plans to build stadiums in Pindaya and Ywangan townships in the Danu Self-Administered Zone of the Southern Shan State. The Deputy Minister for Health and Sports said the ministry plans to build a stadium on a plot of land measuring 204 x 145 feet in Pindaya Township and a stadium on the plot of land measuring 340 x 180 feet, in Ywangan Township. Depending on the availability of funds with the Shan State government, the ministry will carry out the construction of stadiums in these areas, she said.
Vacant seats for doctors at hospitals Myitthar Tsp
Daw Hla Htay alias Daw Ohn Kyi of Mandalay Region constituency 4 asked if the Ministry has plans to fill the vacant doctor posts at the hospital in Myitthar Township, Mandalay Region, and at the 25-bed hospital in Kume, respectively. The deputy minister said the ministry had given permission for the appointment of 4 doctors. At present, Dr. Myo Htet and Dr. Cho Cho Thin Yi have been assigned to the Myittha hospital with two other doctors.
The Ministry of Health and Sports has made arrangements to recruit new doctors and assign them to post in the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year, and plans are under way to fill the vacant posts at the hospital in Myittha Township, the deputy minister said. Deputy Minister Dr. Mya Lay Sein also replied to questions raised by U Bawi Khin of Chin State constituency 3 and U Cin Khan Paung of Chin State constituency 6 at the session yesterday.
Myanmar Gemstone Bill 2017
Later, Hluttaw Representatives held a discussion on the Myanmar Gems and Jeweller Bill 2017, which was sent with an amendment by the Pyithu Hluttaw. Dr. Khun Win Thaung of Kachin State constituency 11 proposed that Clause 1 of Chapter 1 should be retained, the proposal made by the Pyithu Hluttaw.
“Clause 15 of Chapter 5 must be amended so the State enjoys no less than 40 per cent, and Clause 17 of Chapter 5 must be amended to state that there must be no less than 3 town dignitaries to represent the people,” he said.
He said he supported the abrogation made by the Pyithu Hluttaw according to Clause 23 (c) of Chapter 6 that could prevent gem smuggling and buying of gems at cheap prices.
He added that an amendment must be made to assign people chosen by regional and state governments, besides selecting local people and other suitable persons.
“According to Clause 57 (c) of Chapter 14, it is more suitable for persons who get permission to contribute no less than 2 per cent of the investment value to their respective states and regions, to carry out regional development work such as healthcare, education, and transportation,” he said.
By Aung Ye Thwin
(Translated by Win Ko Ko Aung)