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Mongolian National Burn Center left out in the cold

Trans. by D.SERGELEN

The Mongolian National Burn Center moved back to the first floor of the National Trauma and Orthopedic Research Center this week, after temporary accommodations at Munguun Guur Hospital.
The State Specialized Inspection Authority prohibited use of their original building, built in 1957, following an inspection three years ago. At the request of the Ministry of Health and relevant organizations, the State Property Committee issued resolution No.358 in 2011 to tear down the building.
This led to two challenges for the National Burn Center: renting new facilities and building a new hospital.
At first, the National Burn Center rented space at the National Trauma and Orthopedic Research Center. It moved to Mungun Guur Hospital for two years, where it was operating until last week, and paid one billion MNT for rent. The resettlements have put financial pressure on the state budget and the National Trauma and Orthopedic Research Center, financial losses that doctors and workers of the hospital feel that the Head of the Burn Center is responsible for.
After the City Governor issued a regulation on building a new hospital in 2011, the Ministry of Health announced a tender for the planning and plotting of the new building. EZT LLC was selected and established a contract with the Ministry of Health and began the planning process.
As of today, the old building still stands.
The first budget for the National Burn Center was set at 12 billion MNT, but was later increased to 30 billion MNT. The Ministry of Health said that the Building Development Center would evaluate the estimated cost of a new facility and it would be accurately reflected in the state budget.
Construction and preparation of a new hospital could take two to three years without further delays.
According to international standards for burn centers, there should be one burn center for every 50 thousand residents of a city, but Ulaanbaatar has one burn center for a national population of almost three million people.
The hospital used to conduct its operations with 150 hospital beds at its original facility, but it functioned with 80 beds while located at Mungun Guur Hospital. Not only people suffering from burns go to this hospital, but also people requiring hospitalization from frostbite.
It is unclear how the situation will be improved by moving back to the National Trauma and Orthopedic Research Center. We have to be thankful for the doctors who are working under these conditions and following their oaths.
One of the doctors at the burn center said that most of the people who are treated at the burn center don’t work in well-paid jobs, and the authorities don’t care about improving the resources for the hospital’s operation and speeding up the process of building a new hospital. But pain doesn’t distinguish between people who are rich or poor.
“Declaring bankruptcy is easy for banks and hospitals, but the results are a hardship for the public,” said the director of the National Trauma and Orthopedic Research Center, Z.Mendsaikhan.
While our ministries discuss their failures, the healthcare sector has already gone bankrupt.

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