My sincere advice to Myanmar MOH and Government

My sincere advice to Myanmar MOH and Government: Don’t be too scared to send your staff especially post-graduate doctors and trained nurses in specific fields. If there is a G to G arrangement it is much easier to get a training post abroad. Take the necessary guarantee money or land titles as deposits. Just send as many junior experts for training abroad with G to G agreements.

1.If they come back and continue with the service, MOH wins.
2.If they come back but wish to just join private sector, at least our people could have a choice of experienced highly trained person at home and no need to seek treatment abroad. (This can save outflow of FE and could even earn FE if could create Medical Tourism.)
3.If they decided not to come back to Myanmar, allow them to leave but confiscate the guaranteed deposits. (It is not all lost, one day they may come back to their beloved mother land with highly trained experiences and their hard earned money to invest in Myanmar.)
Be liberal minded MOH authorities and Myanmar Government.
Do we want to export our Human Resources based on General workers, Manual workers, House maids etc only?
Nowadays a lot of Myanmar doctors are working abroad. Instead of sending untrained newly unqualified or not yet trained fresh graduates, IF WE COULD EXPORT the junior specialists, they could earn more and could get the better job more easily. Just look at the Cuban doctors and Palestine doctors working in many countries.
No need to pay the salaries to their families as those junior doctors could earn abroad and let their families follow if they wish. (Even my brother forfeited his salary for his family while he was training one year in Malaysia because then only he could produce that letter from MOH and claim the Income tax reduction allowance here.)
Or made those doctors to send half of the salaries to thir families like the arrangement with sailors. I meant not to charge the income tax but send back the salaries in FE through Embassies or recognized banks.
In the place of those doctors’ postings, their salaries could be used to employ new fresh graduates and train them for Post-graduate degrees, MSc or PhDs
May you all kindly allow me to present my experience in difficulties to search for the required training abroad as a private doctor. (I am not blaming anyone but accepted those failures as my fate and even satisfied with the present result as a blessing in disguise, as I would not be in the present good status which I never imagined)
Although I had worked as a Demonstrator in Anatomy and Surgery departments, once came out of the country quite difficult to get a good job where I can earn experience. As I have to look after my family I have to accept the work at the NGO’s welfare department. So although I tried to prepare for FRCS Part I, I dare not sit the exam as there are viva with instruments and specimens. I found out that there was no interview or practical in MRCOG Part 1 from Dr Than Win, Dr Win Pe etc. amongst 10 of my friends sitting the MRCOG in KL. I don’t want to wait for another one year for the exam to be held in KL, so I went to Singapore and set the exam after 6 months’ studies while working. I passed the MRCOG Part 1 but as a private doctor, searching for required training was rejected in almost everywhere. I even tried to get a required training back in Myanmar. Although Prof. Dr Daw Kyu Kyu Swe who was the wife of Minister and very close to the PM General Khin Nyunt personally tried for me I was rejected.
After about 5 yrs later only, with the help of the Education Minister of Malaysia, I got the training job. I was already 45 and most of the lecturers and Associate Professors in OG are even younger than me. Even there I was forced to do the 4 yrs Masters programme and sent to Surgery, Urology Departments and A&E as part of the training instead of proper O&G. I was exempted from sitting First yr MSc examination but I decided to leave the gov posting for the private GP for the sake of Children’s education.
I am writing all these to just prove that our government to change the policy to allow in more of its MOs or Assistant Surgeons for the MSc training and to send the qualified Junior Specialists to the willing university Hospitals abroad as G to G arrangement.
So, MOH, don’t be too scared to send your staff especially post-graduate doctors and trained nurses in specific fields. If there is a G to G arrangement it is much easier to get a training post abroad.
If Myanmar gov could concentrate to export highly trained doctors instead of low paying generals the prestige of our country would increase and could earn more money.But my struggles are not all lost, I was the first MO in University Malaya‘s hospital and first Masters student. (During my struggles because of my letter to the Vice Chancellor, they decided to start recruiting Myanmar Specialist doctors directly. I have scanned and published in my blog the reply letter of the VC to me which he had signed personally in 1989.) I have paved the way for Myanmar Doctors and now we could be proud that there are numerous Myanmar MOs, MSC students and Consultants in that university hospital.)


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2 Responses to “My sincere advice to Myanmar MOH and Government”

  1. drkokogyi Says:

    Note Dr Fareeda Meer was the first Burmese MO in 60’s but she was holding the Pakistan Passport. She got FRCS and worked in National University of Malaysia based in General Hospital, KL. She became the Professor and Head of Department there. After retirement, she continue to work as a Professor in Prince University Malaysia (UPM or University Putra Malaysia). My youngest son in 4th. yr Medical (equivalent to Final Part 1 in Myanmar) is now her student.

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