A patient undergoing a CT scan in one of
Mandalay’s private clinics. Pic: Aye Lei Tun
AS well as being the cultural capital of Myanmar, the city of
Mandalay is the place to go for medical attention in the upper
The city provides a wealth of health services and centres available
to patients from within the region and beyond. Private clinics
have played a leading role in maintaining this position for the
The superintendents of Nyein and Palace specialist clinics both
agree that hospitals must offer excellent service, well-qualified
staff and top notch medical equipment to maintain the public’s
Dr Win Aung, superintendent of Nyein clinic, says: “I
think the reason that patients come to these special clinics is
to get quick medical attention and high-quality service. For this
to continue clinics must be extremely competent, have specialist
physicians and use the latest and best equipment.”
To maintain their standards of care, both clinics have installed
some of the latest diagnostic instruments, including a multi-slice
sub-second helical CT scanner, a digital video endoscope, a renal
dialysis machine and many others.
Moreover, the City Hospital has added a 3D/4D ultrasound machine
– which provides amazingly accurate moving three dimensional
images of the subject – and the Palace specialist clinic
has the only Cobas C111 machine in Mandalay. The Cobas C111 has
a reputation as a superb chemical analyser and can test up to
80 samples per day.
Both specialist clinic directors said they hope that by offering
such high-end technical equipment they can encourage more patients
to visit their facilities.
Dr Myint Thein, superintendent of City Hospital, disagrees that
the very latest electronic equipment is necessary. In his opinion,
quality staff is more important.
“In my view, having enough skilled physicians and offering
quality service is more important than having the most modern
medical equipment in the clinic.
“These days new equipment comes out nearly every day and
the ability to purchase it depends on the financial resources
of the clinic,” he says.
And his approach seems to be working: The number of patients
visitng City Hospital has doubled over the past two years. The
number of patients treated at Palace clinic has increased by 70
percent over the past five years.
Nyein clinic director Dr Win Aung says it is policy at his clinic
that staff always double-check results to make sure their diagnoses
“Although we install the latest instruments, our pathologists
must always examine the results and patients several times to
be sure. We also upgrade our medical equipment every two years,”
The benefit of providing international-quality care to patients,
Dr Myint Thein says, is that patients can choose to stay in Myanmar
and receive the same care and procedures as they would in Thailand
“By offering high-quality medical services within the
country, we can reduce the need for our patients to go abroad
to seek medical treatment,” he says, hinting that he has
even bigger plans for the future.
“We hope in future to offer similar services to patients
from neighbouring countries like Thailand and Singapore at lower
cost than in their home countries.”