With return of Big Tobacco to Myanmar, smoking rates on the rise

Since the return of Big Tobacco to Myanmar en masse in 2013, smoking rates have increased markedly. Tobacco control experts warn that the firms’ sophisticated strategies are likely to push more people into the clutches of addiction From the backseat of a traffic-stranded cab attempting to travel from Yangon’s airport to a city hotel, Myanmar’s burgeoning love affair with […]

Govt takes aim at betel chewing

It looks like Myanmar may be going cold turkey on its betel nut habit. Chewing betel remains popular across the country, with the stimulant regarded by some as a national pastime. Habitually gnawing at the combination of tobacco and areca nut – both known carcinogens – has destructive health effects. About one-fifth of all cancers in […]

NLD govt faces daunting task in reforming ruined universities

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – On a recent April morning, Aung Kyaw Soe got off the bus near the University of West-Yangon after spending some 2 hours in traffic to reach the campus located on the city’s outskirts. “When we take the public bus to the university we break out in a sweat and are not […]

Parliament backs Parkway Hospital suspension

THE Pyithu Hluttaw approved a proposal to suspend the lease of a 4.3-acre plot owned by the Ministry of Health near Yangon General Hospital, which was originally slated to house a private Parkway Hospital, at a parliamentary session yesterday. Lawmakers called for the suspension of the lease of land for the private hospital during their […]

Medics to submit ‘Parkway’ petition

Health-care sources say doctors and other medical professionals will submit a petition against the decision by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) to lease out state-owned land in Yangon to private investors. The petition, to be submitted today (Saturday), is signed by many academics, doctors, nurses and students. It calls […]

Private hospital to be built on govt land

A large plot owned by the Ministry of Health in front of the University of Nursing at the corner of Bogyoke Aung San and Pyay roads in central Yangon has been leased for a private hospital, according to a source at the Myanmar Investment Commission. It is reported that the monthly land rental is Ks181 […]

IHH makes foray into Myanmar

Its indirect unit is opening US$70mil hospital in Yangon KUALA LUMPUR: IHH Healthcare Bhd, through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Parkway Healthcare Indo-China Pte Ltd, held a groundbreaking ceremony for a US$70mil, 250-bed hospital in Yangon, Myanmar. The new hospital, Parkway Yangon, is Parkway Pantai’s first hospital in Myanmar, IHH said in a statement here, yesterday. […]

Is Burma’s healthcare system in recovery?

A few patients wearing wrinkled longyi stroll through a hallway so quiet that their conversation echoes through the North Okkalapa General Hospital, the second largest public hospital in Rangoon [Yangon]. There are no obvious signs of modernity in the facilities or atmosphere of the 40-year-old building. A wheezing air-conditioner and numerous scratches on the pale, […]

Government hopes to start insurance scheme next January

A ground-breaking scheme is being launched that will enable Myanmar citizens to take out insurance covering health, insurance and the effects of bad weather in the next few months. says U Maung Maung Thein, deputy minister for Finance and Revenue. Speaking to the media at Mya Nan DawHOTEL IN Nay Pyi Taw on August 28, […]

Door opens to foreign involvement in local hospital joint ventures

Foreign investors will be allowed to team up with local partners to finance private hospitals, clinics and laboratories, the Ministry of Health says. The decision reverses longstanding restrictions on foreign investment in medical facilities but will not come into effect until changes are introduced to Foreign Investment Law rules. Dr Moe Khine, deputy director for […]