Ei Thinzar Kyaw
YANGON - North Oakkalapa General Hospital with its 800-bed capacity is being upgraded into the 1500-bedded one, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
The proposed Master Plan, jointly drafted by the Ministry and Spiral Architects & Planners, was submitted at the meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw in the first week of July.
“The hospital is located in a strategic and densely-populated area. In addition, it is adjacent to Yangon International Airport and the Yangon-Mandalay Highway. The hospital receives many patients from downtown and uptown Yangon. The number of patients has been increasing. It is also a teaching hospital for the University of Medicine-2. The Ministry will upgrade it from 800 to 1500-bedded one. The master plan had been submitted,” said Dr Kyi Soe, Medical Superintendent of the North Oakkalapa General Hospital.
This upgrade plan can help reduce the number of patients and workloads at Yangon General Hospital. The construction works will be carried out phase by phase based on the availability of funds.
The ministry is upgrading state-owned hospitals as they have to accommodate increasing numbers of millions of patients annually.
According to the official figures from the ministry, state-owned hospitals across the country provided health care for more than nine million outpatients and more than 2.5 million inpatients in 2016.
There are 1123 state-owned hospitals nationwide—32 specialist hospitals, nine teaching hospitals, 11 500-bedded hospitals, three 300-bedded hospitals, 27 200-bedded hospitals, two 150-bedded hospitals, 41 100-bedded hospitals, 112 50-bedded hospitals, 151 25-bedded hospitals, 10 16-bedded hospitals and 725 station hospitals.