Suu Kyi unveils health policy

Nay Rai, Zeya Tun
The ceremony to reveal national health policy held at Nay Pyi Taw (Photo-EMG)

The development of a country depends on the health and education, State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi said as she unveiled the National Health Policy in Nay Pyi Taw on March 31.

"The budget for health issue is very limited. Depending on the budget of our country, we’ve drawn this policy to provide best health care for our people. This policy is not a dream but it’s a reality for the budget we have. By looking at our country’s health and education, we can measure and determine whether our country will develop.

"When Myanmar was in her golden days, she was able to stand proudly among other nations because we had success in education and health. But our country never fully developed. Nevertheless, I believe we can achieve this goal one day. If we are determined to work for success in health and education, we can overcome any challenges. Educated and healthy citizens are the best insurance for the future of a country.

"The National Health Policy is for the health of our citizens as well as stability of our country. If we are healthy, our capabilities will increase and it can promote development. Other nations will respect a country that is peaceful and stable," Suu Kyi said. 

She urged all businesses to participate in the health policy. Suu Kyi said that health care must not be dependent on people's ability to pay, adding that she hoped everyone would be covered one day.