Myanmar plans to introduce emergency ambulance services

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Nay Pyi Taw, 25 June — Myanmar plans to introduce its first-ever emergency ambulance services, it was revealed at a workshop here on Thursday.

Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham described the workshop as an important step for the country’s healthcare.

Rapid emergency ambulance responses will be able to bring down the mortality rate by 20 percent to 30 percent, with the vice president stating that 89 percent of patients do not receive systematic treatment before being admitted to hospital.

Regarding fewer emergency ambulance services, he quoted a research finding as saying that only 3 to 5 percent of emergency admissions to hospital have access to ambulance services.

According to a 2014-2015 report on the under-5 mortality rate, the number of child deaths accounted for nearly one third of child births.

Myanmar still sees 62 to 72 child mortalities for every 1,000 child births.

Dr Sai Mauk Kham recognized healthcare services provided by government and private hospitals and civil services organizations.

On the subject of international cooperation in health care, he said Yangon University of Medicines-1 offers master’s degree courses in partnership with the Australian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM).

He also pointed out the need for prompt voluntary medical services and valid emergency telephone numbers.