A new TB building.
Mandalay gets new TB treatment facility
Myint Kay Thi
27 November 2107
A NEW tuberculosis treatment facility in Mandalay was turned over to the health ministry on Saturday to further boost Myanmar’s fight against the deadly but curable disease, the Three Millenium Development Goal Fund management office said.
The facility was built under the fund, which is supported by seven bilateral donors – Australia, Denmark, the European Union, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, the office said.
The fund aims at strengthening the national health system at all levels, extending access for poor and vulnerable populations to quality health services.
The new TB facility in Mandalay includes a two-storey building located in Pyi Gyi Takhon township and an out-patient facility, the fund’s management office said.
It also has a laboratory, medical storage and dispensary, and X-ray, counselling, consultation and emergency rooms.
The new facility is a part of US$3.1 million (K4.23 billion) project of the fund that also includes a caretaker quarters at Patheingyi TB hospital in Mandalay, which opened in 2016; a four-storey outpatient department in Yangon; and a two-storey ‘Biosafety Level’ National TB Reference Laboratory, also in Yangon, both of which were completed in 2016.
The fund’s TB programme is under the leadership of the Ministry of Health and Sports, and contributes to the government drive towards universal health coverage.
Tuberculosis is one of the major public health problems in Myanmar, and approximately 150,000 new cases every year are detected. Most of the victims are between 15 and 54 years old.
The Ministry of Health and Sports has been implementing a five-year national plan (2016-2020) based on the World Health Organisation’s strategy to end TB by 2025.