USAID desires to provide assistance to modernizing laboratories in Yangon, Mandalay

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Nay Pyi Taw August 1

Plans are underway to provide assistance for modernizing medical laboratories in Yangon and Mandalay if regional oficials accept it, said Project Management Specialist Dr Nu Nu Khin of United States Agency of International DevelopmentUSAID.

Relying on the laboratory alone of Department of Food and Drug Administration which checks various foods and medicines is not adequate for the nation. Hence, USAID
expressed its hope for construction of modern laboratories in Yangon and Mandalay in order to examine various kinds of medicines which flow into the nation from border gates of Myanmar but assistance of USAID depends on attitude of local oficials.

“At present, medicines produced across the nation need to take examination in
Nay Pyi Taw. Work load and examiners are not in appropriate ratio. That is why we
wish to provide assistance for modernizing the laboratories in Yangon and Mandalay,” said Dr Nu Nu Khin.

USAID which has been standing alone in Myanmar since 2016 is striving for building a world level laboratory within one year in order to check foods and medicines with receiving the ISO certiicate recognized by experts.

Although various global countries need to take about two years for preparing the laboratory to meet the international standard, Myanmar’s laboratory took one year for its facilities in 2016.

After receiving ISO certiicate, Myanmar received more inspection within two years and has been retaining its standards since 2018. Currently, the laboratory of FDA accepts examining
the malaria drugs and other ones while checking drugs for TB and other antibiotic drugs.