Mar 25, 2014

Myanmar provide emergency healthcare services

Shwe Zanaka Company will provide emergency healthcare services for tourists visiting Kyaikto, Mon State effective 1 April and will expand the service ultimately to other popular tourist sites in Myanmar.

The company will cooperate with ambulance services, the Ministry of Health and local hospitals to offer medical services for foreign visitors.

The project is endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism.
The company representative, Dr Myint Lwin, told local media that the company has opened a clinic in Kyaikto to give emergency healthcare services.

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

“If an emergency arises while visiting the pagoda, we will treat them immediately at the location. If we can treat the patient at the clinic, we will do it, but if the person needs to be admitted to hospital, we will contact the public hospitals in Mawlamyine and Thaton. We can also transport the patient to the hospital.”

Tourists visiting Myanmar are advised to take out full medical insurance that includes an evacuation option if needed to neighouring countries such as Thailand. But if visitors fall sick without adequate insurance, Shwe Zanaka’s new service could be a life-saver.

To gain full support, Shwe Zanaka Company has contacted social organisations and ambulance services to provide an emergency service. It hopes to work closely with local travel companies in Myanmar to provide back-up emergency services for their clients.

It will also implement a tele-medicine system to offer media treatment consultations via the internet or the telephone for patients who need medical care while in remote locations such as mountains.

“We have installed C-band satellites in Yangon and Kyaikto in order for us to provide emergency healthcare advice. The services are not free but they will be moderately prices.”
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