NAY PYI TAW December 23

As health is wealth, everybody wishes to have health and longevity life. Although modern medical equipment is used in giving treatment, all will be in vain for the lack of health awareness and failure to follow the healthy lifestyle. Hence, individuals need to live in accord with the healthy lifestyle, said Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at the opening ceremony of a three-storey advanced diagnostics and cancer treatment ward of the military hospital in Yangon this afternoon.

Also present at the ceremony were Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, wife of the Senior General, Union Minister for Defence Lt-Gen Sein Win and wife, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San and wife, Commander-in-Chief (Air) General Maung Maung Kyaw and wife, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief and their wives, the commander of Yangon Command, commandants and specialists from military hospitals in Yangon Station and those interested in medical knowledge.


On arrival at the venue where the advanced diagnostics and cancer treatment ward of the hospital would be inaugurated, the Senior General and party were welcomed by the commandant, surgeons and specialists. The Senior General unveiled the signboard of the ward and sprinkled scented water on the plaque. The Senior General and party visited the ward where they were conducted round by the commandant and officials. At the meeting room, the Senior General heard reports on outbreak of cancer diseases and medical treatment by the commandant.

In his address, the Senior General said it is a common knowledge that cancer is difficult to cure. He took pride of opening the advanced diagnostics and cancer treatment ward for the Tatmadaw and the Defence Services Medical Corps.

As the hospital gives medical treatment not only to servicemen but also to civilians, improving the hospital with installation of modern hospital equipment to cure cancer disease will be better in the health sector.

With regard to outbreak of cancer disease, the Senior General noted it can be seen that as outbreak of cancer increased to 67,554 patients in 2018, up from 49,300 in 2014. In observing treatment for cancer patients in 2018, a total of 7,000 patients received medical treatment  Yangon General Hospital and 5,700 at Mandalay General Ho-spital. Likewise, some servicemen received medical treatment for cancer diseases – 513 in 2017, 545 in 2018 and 665 in November 2019. Hence, outbreak of cancer diseases is on the rise on a yearly basis. Similarly, number of dependent and family member cancer patients is on the increase. As valuable modern machinery items were installed to cure cancer diseases, the Senior General stressed the need to effectively and skillfully use these items and maintain them for the long term use. Installation of the modern equipment started on 8 August 2019. During the four-month period to date, these items of equipment were used in curing 80 patients suffering from various cancer diseases.

While average lifespan of Myanmar is 66 years that of  Japanese is  86. So, there is a gap of 20 years. Lifespans are shorter in some areas where social situation is worse. No matter how modern hospital equipment items are used for treatment, if everybody does not have health awareness how to practise healthy lifestyle, they will have nothing. Hence, individuals need to live in accord with the healthy lifestyle. That is why it needs to stay away from harmful and unhealthy foodstuffs, for example dyes and low quality palm oil. Health knowledge needs to be shared not only with those from the Tatmadaw but also with reachable societies. The Senior General stressed the need to skillfully handle the modern hospital and medical equipment. Malfunctioning of a machine will be terribly harmful for the patients. As such, it needs to check and maintain even small parts of the machinery. Later, the Senior General recognized efforts of relevant persons responsible for successfully opening the advanced diagnostics and cancer treatment ward.

The commandant presented a commemorative gift to mark inauguration of the medical ward to the Senior General.

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