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Seminar on leprosy education held

Seminar on leprosy education held

YANGON, 30 June-The Ministry of Health and Myanmar Maternal 
and Child Welfare Association co-sponsored a seminar on 
leprosy education at MMCWA Headquarters this afternoon.

    Prior to the seminar, ultrasound equipment provided by 
Grassroots Grant Assistance of Japan were distributed to 
Township Maternal and Child Welfare Associations.

    Prof Daw Kyu Kyu Swe explained plans to distribute 
ultrasound equipment to township associations to conduct 
maternal and child health care work with the assistance of 
the Ministry of Health.

She then presented the machines to associations in Yangon, 
Mandalay, Pyapon, Maubin, Kengtung, Tachilek, Kalay, Myeik, 
Kawthoung, Haka and Myitkyina.

    Later, the seminar began with the opening address 
delivered by Minister Maj-Gen Ket Sein.

    The minister said efforts are under way to wipe out 
leprosy disease from the nation by the year 2000. The 
ministry will strive to reduce the number of leprosy 
infected persons to one per every 10,000 to remove leprosy 
from the public health problems.

    There are now only over 10,000 leprosy patients in 
Myanmar down from over 200,000 in 1987. The ministry is 
exposing and giving treatment from 6,000 to 10,000 leprosy 
patients per year. MMCWA should take part in controlling 
the disease, he said.

The seminar continued then. 


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