The Public Health Department needs more than 58,000 staff but only 40 per cent of that number has been employed, Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe has told the Lower House.
MP Dr A Zin Latt proposed a reorganisation of the department to extend and improve public health care.
"The department is allowed to appoint 58,554 people, but we have been able to appoint only 40 per cent. We are now trying to recruit more staff," said Myint Htwe.
Too little expertise in the ministry and too few practitioners on the ground were holding health care back, he said.
The minister unveiled a plan to reconstitute the department, including the appointment of about 2,000 doctors next year.
"We are planning to reconstitute the department to promote public health-care services such as vaccinations, school health, educational talks, effective health-care services and the elimination of infectious and chronic diseases," said the minister.