The Myanmarese Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday urged experts to support re-building her country’s healthcare system.

Delivering a keynote speech at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2013 at the Qatar National Convention Centre, Suu Kyi asked the experts present to change the health sector in Myanmar.

“I hope those who present in this summit interested support to change healthcare of Myanmar,” she said in her speech, which received a standing ovation by the audiences.

She explained that Myanmar inherited healthcare system from colonials who ruled the country for 60 years, and best healthcare was built after independence. But after the military regime came to power in 1960, the healthcare system destroyed and now Myanmar has poor healthcare facilities.

However, work to renovate the Yangon General Hospital, the largest healthcare facility in Myanmar, has commenced with the support of Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, Chairman for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and Executive Chair of WISH.

“We are working to renovate it, redesign it and turn it as a flagship hospital for people who are struggling to put up life politically, socially and economically,” said Suu Kyi.

She also made suggestions on changes which could be introduced for better healthcare systems which could function with a more emphasis on spirituality.

With reference to the WISH’s aims on introducing innovation in healthcare she said,” We also need the spiritual balance for a healthy society. The kind of innovative healthcare is one rooted in human values,”

“Please look at the spiritual aspect of health, spiritual health is also important as physical and mental health. This is something all of us can participate,” said Suu Kyi. Making a special reference to public healthcare she said, “Without care, health can be nothing more than a perfunctory system of medicines and treatments.” The Peninsula