Suu Kyi visits Yankin Children's Hospital

Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi visited Yankin Children's Hospital in Yangon yesterday to observe it as a model for the upgrade of the aging Yangon General Hospital.

During her three-hour visit, Suu Kyi inspected the medical wards and equipment used at the hospital. She also visited the patients and gave words of consolation to them and their families, according to Zaw Zaw, chairman of Max Myanmar Group of Companies and Ayeyar Foundation.

She said maintenance is very important in the long run for the hospital.

She also said the hospital still needs many experienced doctors and called for the development of preventive medical care.

Opened in March 2011, the Yankin Children's Hospital was built by Ayeyawady Foundation at a cost of 9 billion kyats (US$10 million). It has a 550-bed capacity.

The foundation also donated over 1 billion kyats (S$1.2 million) including hospital maintenance and ambulances.

The hospital has treated over 12,000 out-patients in 2011 and nearly 30,000 out-patients in 2012. Over the past two years, more than 1900 surgical patients have been admitted to the hospital and over 1,600 patients have received blood transfusion, according to hospital officials.

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