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|Subject: Myanmar Donates Syringes Worth Rs 38 Crore to Orissa. Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:31 pm|| |
Myanmar Govt. donates disposable syringes worth Rs 38 crore to Orissa
Bhubaneswar: The government of the Union of Myanmar has donated 9.85 lakh disposable syringes worth Rs 38 crore to the state government.
The Ambassador of the Union of Myanmar H.E. U Kyi Thein handed over the consignment packed in 788 cartoons to state health and family welfare secretary Mrs Anu Garg at a function organised at the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Thein said that India and Myanmar have a long history of friendly relationship. “It is of not only maritime, but also cultural, religious and ethnic affinities since time immemorial,” he said while informing that both the countries had established diplomatic relations on 4 January 1948 after Myanmar gained independence.
Expressing gratitude to India for its help when his country was hit by Nagis in May this year, Mr Thein described India as a "real friend". India had sent the first relief material at that point of time, he recalled.
“It is now our turn even as Orissa and Bihar have faced devastating floods. Today’s donation of syringes is a small donation for the state,” he pointed out.
Health secretary Mrs Garg thanked the Myanmar government for the generosity and said that the state government has been giving emphasis on health sector and providing on healthcare to all.
“Though the state has faced two devastating floods in succession, the health care system was maintained and there was no outbreak of any kind of epidemic,” Mrs Garg said adding that the donation is a valuable and timely one.
Among others, first secretary in the embassy of Myanmar Mr Kyaw Nyunt Lwin and mission director Mr SK Lohani also spoke on the occasion.
Myanmar Gesture for Flood-Hit
BHUBANESWAR: Even as the State Government has embarked on a comprehensive reconstruction and restoration works in the flood-affected districts, Myanmar has come forward to lend a helping hand in the exercise. Myanmar’s Ambassador to India U.Kyi Thein today visited the city to hand over the consignment of disposable syringes to the tune of Rs 38 crore to Health Secretary Anu Garg.
The consignment has 9.85 lakh syringes of various sizes. On the occasion, Thein said that the gesture was a reciprocation to the aid extended by the Indian Government immediately after the devastating cyclone in May last year. India was the first country to come forward with help. Sanctions have been imposed by many countries of the world later.
Thein said the step would go a long way in strengthening ties between the two neighbours. It would also add to the efforts of making the health interventions in post-flood Orissa more effective, he said. Meanwhile, Norwegian Ambassador Ann Olstad and Director of Norway-India Partnership Initiative (Nipi) Prasanna Kumar Hota have visited several districts to assess the progress of its interventions in the State. They visited the district headquarters hospitals in Angul and Sambalpur, Burla Medical College and Hospital and discussed the Nipi initiative with the Health Department officials.
The Orissa Government has entered into an agreement with Norway in December last to launch Nipi for promoting child health under the National Rural Health Mission. A decade back, Orissa had the dubious distinction of topping the infant morality rate (IMR) but situation has drastically improved to around 60 per 1,000 live births in 2008. It is projected to fall to 50 by 2010. The core interventions of Nipi, which would continue till 2012, are capacity building of field-level workers in home-based newborn care and training of ASHAs. It also involves strengthening of the block and district child health resource units.