Vice-Senior General Soe Win urged members of the Tatmadaw Medical Crops to exchange experiences with international organizations in order to further improve the healthcare services of the country.
Vice-chairman of the State Administration Council Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win delivered an address at the ceremony to mark the centennial celebration of No 1 Military Hospital (700-bed), the centennial celebration, opening of the cancer radiation treatment ward and the 30th Myanmar Tatmadaw Medical Conference at the hospital in PyinOoLwin yesterday morning.
The Vice-Senior General highlighted that researchers from the Tatmadaw Medical Research Unit, the Defence Services Medical Academy, the Defence Services Institute of Nursing and Paramedical Sciences, military hospitals and medical battalions are conducting medical research meeting international standards for providing healthcare services to Tatmadaw members and people.
Research findings were applied in diagnostic measures, treatment and preventive arenas to benefit the Tatmadaw and the State. Especially, research findings obtained during the Covid-19 pandemic period could be utilized in prevention, searching and treatment measures, securing much success, he added.
The Vice-Senior General honoured members of medical services with fine traditions who made sacrifices in medical duties at the frontlines in the military operations of the Tatmadaw. Moreover, he noted that those medical staff gave health treatments to people during the ordinary period and actively participated in the medical services during the disaster period.
He continued that they served the medical duties in Chin State and Naga Self-Administered Zone for public health care services. So, their efforts prove their activities of upholding the ethnic affairs of the Tatmadaw.
With regard to cancer treatment, the Vice-Senior General disclosed that medical equipment for radiation treatment has been installed at the No 1 Military Hospital (700-bed) in PyinOoLwin for cancer disease. As such, Tatmadaw members, families and people in the upper Myanmar will have medical treatment for cancer diseases at the hospital, he added.
The Vice-Senior General explained the history of the hospital and its significant capacity, maintenance of 100-year-old historic buildings at the hospital, and holding of the Myanmar Tatmadaw Medical Conference.
At the ceremony, Lt-Gen Ko Ko Oo of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), Commander Brig-Gen Kyi Khine and Director of Medical Services Maj-Gen Ko Ko Lwin cut the ribbon to open the centennial celebration of No 1 Military Hospital (700-bed).
The Vice-Senior General unveiled the signboard to mark the centenary No 1 Military Hospital (700-bed) and the cancer radiation treatment ward of the hospital and comforted the patients.
The Vice-Senior General and Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Maung Maung Aye presented prizes to outstanding Tatmadaw members.
With regard to the No 1 Military Hospital (700-bed), the British established the British Military Hospital (25-bed) in 1923.
The hospital was reconstituted as British Military Hospital (50-bed) in 1931, No 8 Military Hospital (100-bed) in 1943, No 1 Military Hospital (Maymyo) in 1946 and Burma Army Hospital (300-bed) in 1948. The facility was renamed Based Military Hospital (500-bed) in 1963 and No 1 Based Military Hospital (500- bed) in 1963. Moreover, it was upgraded to No 1 Based Military Hospital (700-bed) in 1986 and No 1 Military Hospital (700-bed) in 2002.
The Vice-Senior General met officer trainees, officer instructors and families from PyinOoLwin Station at the convocation hall of the Defence Services Academy yesterday afternoon. — MNA/TTA