– Do not expect a perfect health care like in your country. Myanmar is still a backward country for medicine and just opens its door to get more knowledge for this field. Most medicines are available but maybe not the brand you normally use.
– Be active to bring some basic tablets for headache, stomachache, digestion problems, flu?.
– Do not drink running water in Myanmar. It is not safe. Try to afford your bottled water every day. Myanmar Governement: Myanmar health care system evolves with changing political and administrative system and relative roles played by the key providers are also changing although the Ministry of Health remains the major provider of comprehensive health care. It has a pluralistic mix of public and private system both in the financing and provision. Health care is organized and provided by public and private providers.
Evolution of Organization and Administration of Health Services Following complete colonization of the country by the British in 1886, Health Services Administration, a centralized body responsible for both the curative as well as the preventive health services was set up and a post of Sanitary Commissioner was created. Later in 1889, the two services were separated and a new post of Inspector General of Hospitals was created for administration of hospital services.
In addition to the control of government hospitals, the Inspector General of Hospitals controlled the following government institutions, the Chemical Examination Laboratory, the Pasteur Institute (a large bacteriological laboratory) and the Burma Government Medical School. The Sanitary Commissioner, renamed Director of Public Health Services was responsible for the public health aspect of the administration. These two centralized bodies controlled the health services.
At the peripheral level where the geographic regions were called districts, health services under the central control, was managed by senior doctors called Civil Surgeons. In the larger districts curative and preventive services ran parallel and the latter was managed by senior medical officer called the District Health Officer.
The post did not exist in smaller districts and both services were managed by the Civil Surgeons. Hospitals were then divided into two categories by virtue of ownership. These were Governmental and Local Fund Hospitals. The former hospitals included the Rangoon General Hospital, the Rangoon Dufferin Hospital, the Tadagalay Mental Hospital, the Mandalay General Hospital, the Maymyo Civil Hospital and the Myitkyina Civil Hospital.
Virtually all other hospitals in the districts and the townships belonged to the local fund group of hospitals. All financial commitments of the government institutions and hospitals were the responsibility of the Government while the local fund hospitals were financed from a collection of funds called the ?Hospital Finance Scheme.? The sources of income for this scheme were; funds from respective.