Monday, August 21, 2017

Hatta Clinic adds a maternity ward

Mothers will be able to access free healthcare for themselves and their babies at a new maternity ward, opened by the People’s Health Foundation in Yangon’s Thaketa township on January 5.

The ward is in the Hatta Clinic, which opened last year. The clinic also operates a dental service in the mornings, and sees patients between 5pm and 8pm six evenings a week.

“About 30 general patients come to the clinic every evening. Many of the patients rely on the clinic to get treatment free of charge,” said a health worker at the clinic.

PHF president Dr Than Sein said the opening of the maternity ward adds a third health service now available at the clinic. He said 28 charity clinics have been opened throughout the country to provide health services to those in need.

“The foundation opened the clinics to provide healthcare, particularly in suburban areas where there are large numbers of people on low incomes,” he said, adding that up to three women could receive treatment at the new ward at a time. The Hatta maternity ward is the third to be opened by the People’s Health Foundation, which also operates 28 clinics and two other maternity wards in Magwe and East Dagon.

“We also plan to build a maternity ward at Pyicharity clinic after April,” said Dr Than Sein.

The funds for the Hatta Clinic maternity ward were donated by students at Okayama University, Japan.

Local GP Dr Aung Lwin said, “Thaketa is second most populous township in Yangon Region. The clinic will be very useful for residents, many of whom are on low earnings.”

He added, “Some patients can’t access healthcare because the hospital is too far away, or they can’t afford it.”

The foundation runs 28 charity clinics throughout the country, including 8 in Yangon, 6 in Mandalay, 6 in Sagaing, 2 in Magwe, 2 in Bago, 2 in Chin State, 1 each in Rakhine State and Ayeyarwady Region.

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