June 1, 2018
On 1st June, Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) jointly organized the Inaugural Ceremony on the Japan Technical Cooperation Project for Human Resource Development of Medical Engineering (ME) at University of Medical Technology in Yangon (UMT-Y).
In the ceremony, Dr. Myint Htwe, Union Minister of MoHS, Mr. Kazuyuki TAKIMI, Counselor of Embassy of Japan, Mr. Hideo WATANABE, President of Japan Myanmar Association, and Mr. Masayuki KARASAWA, Chief Representative of JICA Myanmar Office delivered opening remarks. Prof. Thaingi Hlaing, Rector of University of Medical Technology, Yangon presented outline of the said Technical Cooperation Project.
Medical Engineering is the specialist having both medical and engineering knowledge, who checks and monitors medical equipment to make sure it's working properly and is safe to use in hospital. The said project was formulated by MoHS in collaboration with JICA with the purpose to establish maintenance system of medical equipment by strengthening human resources development system of Medical Engineering. Achieving Universal Health Coverage by 2030 is the committed goal of MoHS, and one area Ministry has been focusing is suppling modernized medical equipment in hospitals through the country with the purpose to give good medical services for the people of Myanmar. In this situation, it is also essential to have proper management and maintenance of medical equipment for sustainable medical care.
In 2016, MoHS allocated many engineers to tertiary hospitals and the health offices in states and region. At this very important step forward to improve the health care service quality, JICA had discussed with MoHS with the initiative of Japan Myanmar Association to maximize capability and potential of medical engineering. After series of discussion, MoHS and JICA got mutual agreement to upgrade the capacity of medical engineers by conducting one year diploma course with the technical support of important partners such as Okayama
University, Japan Association for Clinical Engineers and Clinical Engineering Global Promotion Foundation.
Under this five (5) years project, both sides expect to upgrade the capacity of medical engineers by developing human resource for trainers and lecturers for sustainable training system for Medical Engineering. For this purpose, one year diploma courses will be organized yearly and expected to select about eighteen (18) candidates per year. This one year course will be not only lecture but also will include practical session at selected tertiary hospitals in Yangon with supervision of Japanese Professors.