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Thukha clinic expands to X-rays
THUKHA healthcare clinic in Yangon’s North Dagon township is planning to set up a free X-ray service in 2010, clinic manager U Aung Maw Nyein said last week.
“We will be able to offer an X-ray service during this year. Many patients are unable to afford the cost of an X-ray at a private clinic – about K7000 or K8000 – so we will offer them for free once the service is set up,” U Aung Maw Nyein said.
The clinic is named after its founder, U Thukha, a well-know film director and writer, and grew out of a maternal care clinic set up in 2003 to meet the needs of women who could not afford the cost of childbirth.
In March 2006 it became the Thukha healthcare clinic and now provides free medical treatment to about 200 patients a day, with a rotating staff of 50 specialists who volunteer their time.
The clinic is now supplied with an ultrasound equipment, ECG machines, oxygen tanks and wheelchairs and also arranges blood donations.
U Aung Maw Nyein said the clinic’s high profile meant it had to wary of people trying to take advantage of the free healthcare it offered.
“The more the clinic has gained attention from the public the more we need to be careful in how we manage it because we want to continued to be able to offer this service for the benefit of all needy people,” he said, adding that there had been instances were dishonest patients had resold medicines or taken money for operations and then disappeared.
U Aung Maw Nyein said the Thukha clinic is a unique charity service in Yangon.