Hospital to get new building to cope with growing number of infants

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Photo shows construction site in front of Neonatal Intensive-care Unit of Central Women’s Hospital.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

A two-story building is being constructed within the compound of Yangon’s Central Women’s Hospital with the aim of providing better healthcare to newborns, according to an official of the hospital. Prof Dr Daw Aye Aye Thein of CWH said, “The Neonatal Intensive-care Unit of the hospital is facing difficulties in receiving newborn infants as it does not have enough space.” In order to alleviate this problem, a local wellwisher donated funds for construction of the building in a vacant lot in front of the Unit, she told The Global New Light of Myanmar on Sunday. Construction of the building got underway in June this year and is expected to finish at the end of December, Prof Dr Daw Aye Aye Thein said, adding the health ministry has pledged to contribute funds for its construction if there is a funding shortfall. “We normally receive 50-60 infants and sometimes 70-80 babies at the Neonatal Intensive-care Unit, which was established in mid-2014”, she said. At present, there are around 70 infants and more than 600 mothers at the CWH, which was provided a wide range of medicines free of charge since the government increased its funding two years ago. Despite assistance from the government and NGOs, the hospital is in need of medical equipment such as ultrasound and cardiotocography (CTG) due to the growing number of hospitalized pregnant women, a hospital official said at a donation ceremony in June. The hospital is also facing an unbalanced ratio of health care providers to pregnant mothers, a hospital doctor said.

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