Friday, March 11, 2011

Lower House discusses health care for needy, other issues

Friday, 11 March 2011 01:02 Myo Thant

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Health Minister Dr. Kyaw Myint spoke against a proposal by opposition members of  the Burmese Parliament in the Lower House calling for a public health care system for low income people.

During Thursday’s questions and debate, the minister said his opposition to the proposal was partly based on a cost sharing system which is already in place, according to an opposition MP.

‘We discussed issues on health care costs at public hospitals and free medical care for unemployed people’, the opposition MP said. ‘But the health minister responded as usual by saying they had already established a cost sharing system at public hospitals which gives free medicine to needy people’.

In a debate on a government proposal to increase the pay scale of government employees, opposition MPs said Finance Minister Hla Myint did not give clear answers in support of a pay increase, but said many employees and government departments were trying to establish good governance in the country.

In a question session on whether the government had any plan to introduce sign language on some TV programmes in Burma, Information Minister Kyaw Hsan that there were only a few people who understand sign language in Burma and the government would introduce it only when conditions were appropriate, according to one MP.

In the Upper House, various lawmakers made statements in support of health care and education matters, said MP Khin Waing Kyi .

“MP Phone Myint Aung from Rangoon Division supported and seconded a motion on education. Similarly, Sai Thant Zin from Shan State supported the issue too. Pau Lian Lwin from Chin State discussed sending more medical doctors to locations in Chin State where there are no doctors. His motion was supported and seconded by Dr. Myat Nyarna Soe’, he said.

Other questions raised in the Upper House included the issue of building dams and embankments in coastal areas and a time frame for completion of the Paungde Dam.

Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Htay Oo answered questions on irrigation matters, saying the government is implementing ongoing projects in accordance with budget appropriations.

Mining Minister Ohn Myint responded to a question on environmental damage to rivers which are being dredged for gold and polluted by toxic chemicals, saying the government would preserve and take care of issues concerning the environment.

The Lower House session started today at 10 a.m. and ended at 2:30 p.m. The Upper House session started at 10 a.m. and concluded at 12:15 p.m.

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