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Japanese boost medical techs in Myanmar

The Ministry of Health and Sports has announced an initiative to boost local skills in medical engineering.

The project, which is being implemented with the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will run through April 2023 at the University of Medical Technology, Yangon, according to a senior official of the university’s Human Resources Department.

The purpose of the project is to train future leaders in clinical engineering in the local community who will be able to provide improved medical services. The project also intends to boost the maintenance of medical equipment by strengthening human resource development of medical engineers.

“Health personnel all over the country use many types machines for medical treatment. We need medical engineers for maintenance of these machines. If we do not have enough skilled medical engineers locally, the government would have to spend a lot of money to bring in experts. That’s why we are holding these engineering courses,” said Daw Myo Thuzar Khin, head of the University of Medical Technology’s Department of Physiotherapy and the coordinator of the project.

Five batches of students will study for diplomas in medical engineering at the University of Medical Technology in the five-year project. The duration of each medical engineering course is 10 and a half months.

The first batch of graduates in April this year included nine engineers and nine medical technologists who work with the Ministry of Health and Sports.

The second course started in January, and includes six engineers, eight staff nurses from intensive care, critical care units, and haematology departments at government hospitals, three medical imaging technologists, and one medical laboratory technologist.

Myanmar trainers and lecturers from the university teach the candidates subjects such as anatomy and physiology, general pathology, introduction to medicine, applied mathematics and physics, while Japanese clinical engineers coordinate with Myanmar trainers to teach clinical medicine.

“We gain a lot of advantages from the course, learning how to properly handle the medical equipment and machines used daily in hospitals. And we can maintain the machines if anything goes wrong. I think, this course is necessary for every health staff that uses the medical equipment and machinery in government hospitals,” said Daw Wai Hnin Zaw, staff nurse at Mandalay General Hospital and one of the diploma candidates.

The ministry also plans to implement a four-year Bachelor’s course in 2023.

Source: Myanmar Times

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