The Irrawaddy

Japan to Fund $77M Neuro, Cardio Hospital in Yangon

An architect's rendition of the New Yangon Specialist Hospital.

YANGON — A new hospital specializing in neuro and cardio care will be built in Yangon capable of carrying out advanced heart disease and neurosurgical operations thanks to a 8.66 billion yen ($76.6 million) grant from Japan.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is providing the grant, announced on Wednesday that a ceremony officially launching the New Yangon Specialist Hospital project would be held on Friday.

The seven-story hospital will be built at the corner of Pyay and Min Ye Kyaw Swar roads in downtown Yangon, in the vicinity of Yangon General Hospital, one of the country’s top referral hospitals.

“This project will make it possible to enhance patient-centered medical and health care services for cerebral and cardiovascular diseases in Myanmar by providing more treatment on inpatients and outpatients and reducing the wait time for treatment and surgery,” JICA said in a statement.

It said the building would also host teaching facilities and four departments to be relocated from Yangon General Hospital: neurosurgery, neuro medicine, cardiac surgery and cardiology. It added that the government of Myanmar was responsible for procuring the necessary equipment for the facilities.

The hospital is currently being designed by a consultant hired by the Ministry of Health and Sport. Construction is expected to begin in February.