Friday, May 9, 2014

Mongolia Brief May 8, 2014 Part III

‘Mongol Tolgoi-Silicon House’ complex introduces hi-tech developments
May 8 (UB Post) The National Information Technology Park (NITP) reopened on Thursday as the “Mongol Tolgoi-Silicon House” complex, which aims to develop greater awareness and knowledge of the latest technology.

The complex is comprised of hi-tech laboratories, a library and educational center for the youth and research facilities to experiment with new information technology-based ideas. The complex organizers hope it will be the base for future Mongolian national brands.
Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag held his regular “30 Minutes with the Prime Minister” meeting at the newly opened complex. He also officiated at the launch and highlighted, “NITP reopens today as Mongol Tolgoi-Silicon House complex to showcase Mongol brains and intellect to the world, and raise competency and competitiveness of Mongolians.”
“Now is the time to talk and rely on the third tolgoi (brain), apart from Oyu Tolgoi and Tavan Tolgoi mines,” he added.
Chief of the Information Technology, Post and Telecommunications Agency Ts.Jadambaa also noted during the launch, “We are working to create jobs with high pay and produce domestically made world-standard E-products. Now that the ‘Silicon House’ project has successfully launched, Mongolians will be able to work on their new ideas and trials of new products at the complex.”
During the launch, State-prized Scientist N.Natsagnyam introduced the program he invented which is planned to monitor power plants.
Similar programs are worth 600 million MNT in the global market, but he is building the program at a cost of 150 million MNT.
Artists who are making 3D animations at the order of the Ministry of Education and Science also introduced their projects. These sort of computer graphic designs, animations, videos, TV programs, paintings and music can all be produced in the computer laboratory at the complex.
“I hope that the Silicon House will act as leverage to accelerate information technology development, and a center to join all related organizations in one place,” said the director of Mongol Tolgoi-Silicon House, Ts.Tuvshintur.

Mongolia and Myanmar hold first consultative meeting of Foreign Ministries
May 8 (UB Post) The first consultative meeting between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia and Myanmar, co-chaired by director of the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of Asia-Pacific countries Ch.Bayarmonkh and U San Lwin, director-general of the Political Department of the Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry, was held Tuesday in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, where the parties discussed the Mongolia-Myanmar relations and cooperation and integration of the Asia-Pacific region.
The sides emphasized the significance of the state visit of the Mongolian President to Myanmar in 2013, as well as the official visit of Shwe Mann, the Speaker of Myanmar and Speaker of the Burmese House of Representatives, for launching bilateral relations and cooperation, and also agreed to exchange experience in the proper exploitation of mineral resources, to cooperate in the tourism sector and to bring other projects into effect accordingly.
Also, the two ministries agreed on carrying out short-term training for Myanmar state servants on democracy, open society, innovations in state services and the judicial system, and adaptation to a multi-party system. They reached a decision to exchange officials of their election committees and parliamentary delegates regarding the issues of constitutional and election law.
Chairing ASEAN in 2014, the Burmese side pledged to invite Mongolia’s Foreign Minister to participate as a special guest in the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting to be held in August of this year, and to attempt to positively address the official request of Mongolia to host the “ASEAN+1” unofficial meeting by consulting with ASEAN members. The Burmese officials also offered support for Mongolia to become a partner of the ASEAN Dialogue and a member of the East Asia Summit.

In the bowels of giant making
May 9 (UB Post) “You are going to Mongolia? You must be crazy!”
That was the first response from my friends after hearing my plans to go to Mongolia. I replied, “Why shouldn’t I go to Mongolia?” they looked at me with annoyance as if it was going to be the last day they were going to see me.
Mongolia is three times bigger than the size of France. However, France has 60 million people enjoying good wine while Mongolia, the land of blue sky, has less than three million people. I live in a southern city in France, Toulouse, where the sun is also present, and there is always good food and cheerfulness. Our celebrations are well sprinkled with all kinds of alcohol and could remind one of the Roman orgies portrayed in Federico Fellini’s movies. It is a perfect place for students, but I decided to come to Mongolia. These beautiful landscapes, friendly locals, powerful horses -  it’s like a waking dream! However, my arrival in Ulaanbaatar quickly showed me another aspect of Mongolia. I had an image of Ulaanbaatar as a less developed city, but I was mistaken.
First steps in Ulaanbaatar: France is a distant memory
After spending 17 hours in airports and planes, I finally arrived at Chinggis Khan airport feeling very tired, but I was so happy to be in Mongolia. The sunlight was sweet, and it wasn’t as cold as I thought it was going to be. While I was in the car coming from the airport, the landscape changed suddenly. Buildings and construction appeared after passing through the steppes.  Ulaanbaatar is one of those places where time is congealed, because it is a perfect mixture of traditionalism and modernism. What made it fascinating to me, at first, was that all the buildings are  steeped in history, constructed in the middle of the steppe as if they came out of the earth.
Mongolia is very far from France, from its cult of beauty and willingness to expose its tireless cultural heritage. Far from the lush gardens, the red brick of Toulouse churches, and picturesque streets in France. All around me, everything was different in Mongolia.
The most daring pedestrians trying to cross at green traffic lights, taking the risk of being crushed by the local Michael Schumascher (a racecar driver). French law requires that pedestrians try to not pass before the green light, which admittedly is not very amusing. I felt it as a rite of passage: “If you can do this, you will be one of them!”
In Ulaanbaatar, sometimes drivers honk at me because I am too slow while crossing the road. The road is still long, but I do not despair.
I continue my walks unbridled in the sneaky streets. Now and then, my eyes stop on the shop windows of Peace Avenue, purified and stripped. Signs go to the essentials. No huge signs boast the undisputed price of the brand. Here, nobody tries to make you believe that you will find the best deal of your life. At least, not until you have crossed the threshold. Mongolians are very commercial, and there is a certain gesture of honesty, as long as you do not take a taxi, which won’t hesitate to inflate its prices for a tourist. But when tourists try to learn the words of their native language with the shyness of a child, it’s hard to blame them. French taxis are comfortable vehicles whose safety is unquestionable, but the races are expensive and human contact is limited or non-existent.
While I was trying to go to a temple to the north of the city, painfully zigzagging between cars, imagine my surprise when my steps led me to two French restaurants. The first one, Le Bistro plays the card of the classic cuisine, but does so effectively. And Le Triskell – it was unexpected to come across the darling Breton symbol in the Mongolian capital. Maybe one day I will have the opportunity to sample the dishes of my country across the globe.
Like many, I came to Mongolia with my head full of steppes, aspiring to horseback riding, and maybe to powerful encounters with its inhabitants. I integrated myself into the landscape of a developing city, far from the ideas that I had of it. Although plagued by scourges such as alcoholism and pollution, Ulaanbaatar is far from a French city, but does not pretend to be like one. Its energy comes from its wealth and popular culture, certainly, but even more from its capacity to welcome you like no other. A unique, amazing city, but not more than its inhabitants.

2014 Development projects: New thermal power plants and improvements in soums
May 9 (UB Post) The following is an introduction to major development projects for 2014. They will be financed with project investment, foreign investment and bond sources.
One trillion MNT to support domestic industries
This year, the Mongolian government is to support import-substituting industries with one trillion MNT. In other words, 2014, the Year of the Wood Horse, will become a year of industrialization. The government has finished reviewing projects for domestic products to be manufactured and financed by the one trillion MNT. The project will support some 800 import-substituting businesses out of 1,151 that applied for the program. Starting this year, Mongolia is aspiring to become a producing country, instead of an importing country.
Apartments for 1,000 families to be built in all provinces
A large project for infrastructure in the building and rural development sector will be implemented this year. Apart from the new soum project for 16 soums of 16 provinces, an apartment program in each province to house 1,000 families will be implemented. The work is concentrated on building private apartments.
Apartments will be built in Tsengel soum of Bayan Ulgii Province, Khishig-Undur soum of Bulgan Province, Tseel soum of Gobi-Altai Province, Khalkhgol soum of Dornod Province, Tselmen soum of Zavkhan Province, Shaamar soum of Selenge Province, Mankhan soum of Khovd Province and Ikh Uul soum of Khuvsgul Province.
Thermal power plants to be built in eight provinces
A major project will begin for the energy sector. Infrastructure development and the construction of new thermal power plants and thermal lines will soon begin. In total, 160 billion MNT is planned for this. Bayankhongor, Zavkhan, Uvurkhangai, Tuv, Arkhangai, Gobi-Altai, Dundgobi and Khentii provinces are included in the project.
21 kindergartens established at the state level
This year, a new development project for the education sector, with estimated costs of 61.96 billion MNT will commence. Notably, construction work for 21 kindergartens will begin and be commissioned. Furthermore, seven new schools will be established at the state level. Three will be established in Ulaanbaatar and the rest in rural settlements.
16 soums of 16 provinces to be renovated
A major development project is commencing in 2014, establishing modern standard soums with wastewater treatment plants for households and institutions in 16 soums of 16 provinces. Eighty billion MNT was approved from the budget and five billion MNT will be spent on each soum. Apart from Bayankhongor, Gobisumber, Darkhan-Uul and Orkhon provinces, one soum from the remaining 16 provinces will be selected for renovation.
Dornod, Khuvsgul and Umnugovi provinces to be connected to the capital
By the end of 2016, all provinces will be connected through roads to Ulaanbaatar. In 2013, Bayankhongor, Dornogobi and Dundgobi provinces were connected to Ulaanbaatar with paved roads.
This year, Dornod, Khuvsgul and Umnugovi provinces will be connected. Associated funds will not be provided from the budget, but with funding from Chinggis Bond. Although the road work for these three provinces started last year, it was halted due to contentions with contractor companies. The work will continue in spring.

D.Batmunkh: Let’s combat counterfeit medicines
May 9 (UB Post) The following is an interview with the Director of the State Specialized Inspection Agency (GASI), D.Batmunkh, about current issues.
Food safety is the most pressing issue of Mongolian residents today. Does the GASI inspect all imported food products?
The law on food safety has been implemented for a year. Previously, anyone was able to import food products but now, this issue has been dealt with. Producers and traders have transferred to integrated regulations. Individuals aren’t able to sell anymore. Producers have also introduced a hygiene standard system with high requirements. This is a huge change for food safety. The GASI established a registration program for producers, retailer and supplier companies. The state transformed their external monitoring on food safety to electronic form, meaning that now we have a program for this.
With this program, when there are epidemics of acute poisoning or infectious diseases from food, we’ll be able to swiftly carry out the first step of the law on food safety which is to find the cause.
There has been criticism about imported fruits, vegetable and noodles not meeting health and safety standards. The GASI announces that they’ve detected nothing harmful. Residents believe that your organization is under the influence of importing companies. Can you comment on the issue?
Obviously, we’ll focus on the information being published and take circumstantial measures. However, we give priority to our own scheduled inspection and prevention work. Just recently, there were scandals saying that they’ve detected pesticides which are harmful to the human body and cause cancer. According to reports, this wasn’t a research done by state accredited laboratory of official inspection organization that has rights to inspect. It was a research work for training students. There are three mechanisms of inspection: reconnaissance, tests and evaluations. Through tests and inspections, we got evidence that the level of pesticides weren’t harmful so without wasting time, we announced the results to prevent public panic.
Does Mongolia have a sufficient amount of modern laboratories and technology for inspecting imported food products as soon as they enter the border?
Last year, the government approved the National Reference Laboratory and at state level, we have an integrated laboratory system. Presently, 12 border points, 21 provinces and two districts of Ulaanbaatar are included in the state integrated system of food and drug laboratory. Currently, permanent small laboratories for chemical and bacteriological inspection are working at 12 border points. Now we’re fully capable of testing the safety of food products on the spot.
Mongolia’s medicine market has grown out of control and illicit drug use is increasing. What are you doing to address this issue?
In collaboration with legal organizations, we’re combating counterfeit medicines imported from China that are not registered by the Drug Registration of Mongolia. For example, with Ulaanbaatar Specialized Inspection Agency and Bayanzurkh District, we conduction inspections to stop sales of abortion pills from China. Some traders may think they’ve gotten away safely from the first round but this inspection will be carried out long-term. The second round will be organized with the police, Governor’s Office of Bayanzurkh District and the administration of Narantuul Trade Center.
Counterfeit medicines are mainly sold in Narantuul. We reminded the administration of Narantuul Trade Center that they’re further activities will be halted if they are unable to stop sales of counterfeit medicines.
In a single inspection, how much unregistered medicine did you confiscate? How much of it was sold to residents of Ulaanbaatar?
To our special hotline 1286, we receive many complaints and information about issues regarding medicines, food products, food manufacturers and organizations. Pursuant to the reports, we organize inspections quickly, take relevant measures and notify back.
We were able to confiscate around 10 to 20 abortion pills from each trader as they are sold by individuals in small quantity. Large amounts are usually hidden in other’s container or homes. We’re aiming to work with the police to inspect homes and wipe out the core of this dirty business. We started integrated inspections for counterfeit medicines, medical services, pharmacy and the medicinal industry and drug supplier organizations.
As of now, list of unregistered drugs in the Drug Registration of Mongolia hasn’t been finalized yet.
On drug manufacturer’s activities, what sorts of regulations do you do?  Have drug suppliers and manufacturers accustomed to standards for operation?
There is a serious problem. They’re trying to dodge some ethanol inspections. Drug manufacturers import chemicals for drugs and medical products. Recently, large amount of ethanol was imported.
Some organizations use it for syringes, equipment sterilization and disinfection. The use of ethanol and alcoholic products has increased this year and reached from eight to ten tons. We’re doing inspections to determine the cause. Ethanol is sold in small bottles for 200 to 800 MNT. Some alcohol addicts buy and use them so we’re also paying special attention to ethanol sales. Safe operation inspections are absolutely necessary as they give negative effects to health, long-term diseases and even endangers one’s life. When the results are out, we’re planning to have the General Inspector make reviews and formal measures, give it to drug traders and service providers, and monitor their implementation.
As the construction sector growth and real estate demand increases but their quality worsens. Objects fall from construction sites often and passersby are harmed. How will you manage these operational incompetency issues?
At state level, the GASI announced a one-month campaign for improving labor safety of all construction related sectors including mining, housing constructions, roads and bridges that have high risk of industrial accidents. We’re working to provide labor safety, prevent industrial accidents. This campaign will be done in the future so calculations and plans for further work are being developed. We began work for complying technical safety standards by organizing a trade fair for clothes, technologies, equipment, training and advertisement for providing labor safety. The GASI must not only monitor and investigate companies that contribute to the state budget revenue and economic development but also give advice, help and support. We started to monitor regulations on labor safety provision and contract developed between employers and contractors. We also give them professional and methodological advice on ensuring enough money on labor safety.
We’ve only began new assistance services through the recent implementation of Government Resolution No. 311 of 2013 about establishing an integrated system for the GASI internal control. With this, we’ll make progress in public-private partnership as well as cooperation on preventing accidents. We’re already seeing results especially from rapidly developing mining and construction sectors.
After spending millions of MNT to move into a new apartment, many people soon find out the bad quality of the buildings and malfunction of water and heating systems. Even if they issue complaints, the issue doesn’t get resolved. Who should be monitoring this?
Sometimes I wonder whether some contractors have any humanity and consciousness to commission safe buildings from which residents will not receive any loss. As individuals, I don’t think it’s necessary to spend so much money and time just to deceive one another and lose reputation. Buildings should be built with raw materials and products that are capable of at least withstanding earthquakes or any other dangers. Two years have passed since the agency stopped participating in construction projects and state projects. This work was handed over to the Authority for General Planning of Ulaanbaatar, Ministry of Construction and Urban Development, Mongolian Trade Unions Federation and Mongolian Employers’ Federation. These organizations are responsible for monitoring quality and standards as well as ensuring public-private cooperation and partnerships. The GASI only monitors the implementation process.
Partnerships between organizations for construction projects and commissioning is important for ensuring quality, standards and safety of buildings. We’ll be able to provide conditions where residents do not face any economic loss only by raising issues from all sides, setting requirements and by regulating.
Apart from quality, standards and safety of buildings, construction site size is very important. If organizations for giving approval for blueprints, technical conditions, constructions sites and commissioning are able to make construction companies work according to standards and regulations, we will not have future accidents or economic losses. At the capital city level, many buildings are built every year. The number of our inspectors is insufficient for monitoring all of them. It’s impossible to have an inspector for each construction sites and trade enterprises. To prevent accidents and economic losses, concerned organizations and external monitoring organizations must come to an understanding.

Boy from Mongolia wins FIA Young Artists Contest
May 9 (UB Post) Mongolian boy O.Dulguun won a gold medal at the 2014 FAI Young Artists Contest themed “Flying to Save Lives.”
Youngsters from China, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the USA are among the winners of the 2014 Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FAI) Young Artists’ Contest. The event awards FAI medals and diplomas to artists in three age categories from six to 17 years old.
O.Dulguun won the contest in the intermediate category (ages 10 to 13), followed by Anastasiya Novikova from Russia and K.C. Bibeen from Nepal.
The competition was fierce, not only because of the quality of the artworks, but also due to the significant rise in participation. The number of FAI member countries taking part in the contest soared from 14 in 2013 to 21 in 2014 with the involvement of Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Finland, India, Italy, Japan, Libya, Lithuania, Mongolia, Nepal, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and USA.
“We are delighted that this year’s theme, ‘Flying to Save Lives,’ was so inspirational. The paintings are of excellent quality and we are honored to award medals and diplomas to such talented youngsters,” FAI Young Artists Contest coordinator Suzie Gebb stated.
“21 FAI members participated in this year’s contest, some of them from Turkey, Switzerland and the USA having received between 5,000 and 10,000 entries. We also noticed with pleasure that many new countries such as Egypt, Libya and Mongolia joined the contest for the first time. We also received entries from Sri Lanka which sadly could not be taken into account as the contest is reserved for FAI members, but hopefully this country will join the FAI and participate next year.”

Mongolian dancers to take part in World Dance Sport Championship
May 9 (UB Post) The Moon Cup 2014 State Dance Sport Championship was held on May 5.
Over 40 dance groups from Umnugovi, Dornod, Darkhan-Uul Provinces and Ulaanbaatar competed in the Moon Cup 2014 State Dance Sport Championship, under the rules of the World Dance Council.
Participants competed in five different age categories namely; newcomer (under 7 years of age), beginner (eight-11 years), junior (12-15 years), youth (16-18 years) and adult (above 19 years) in standard and Latin dance categories.
Khatan Tuul dance group took first place in the standard dance category, followed by Red Rose dance group and Moon dance group. Moon dance group became champion in the Latin dance category followed by Star and Khatan Tull dance groups.
Winners of standard and Latin dance categories received rights to compete in the World Standard Dance Championship of the World Dance Sport Federation, which is to take place in Braunschweig, Germany in November and the World Latin Dance Championship in Russia.

Blue Transparency
May 9 (UB Post) We are taking a closer look at the atelier of B.Sodnomdarjaa, participant of the Ethnosphere project, and member of the Blue Sun Contemporary Center. He was born in Zavhan Province, Mongolia, in 1986. He graduated from the Culture and Art University of Mongolia.
He is a painting teacher at the Rajiv Gandi Production and Craftsman University of Mongolia. Last year he presented an exhibition named “Forever Flame”. He has been awarded first prize at the Grand Art Exhibition, third prize at the Union of Mongolian Artists’ “Spring” show, and other recognition for his sketches and paintings.
Most of the works for Ethnosphere were blue, but the utterances were different. With blue he made rain, resuscitated history, and called on the power of wind.
B.Sodnomdarjaa has been representing a very interesting project, Ethhnosphere. His painting “Blue Wind of Steppe” has become an expression of the project.
He created this painting to depict transparent, Mongolian wind as a work of art. As he explains the word “ethnosphere”, it means traditional history, tradition, unity of culture and art.
He said, “I am really glad to be a representation of a project that is going to express Mongolia completely, and I will participate in the project with paintings, tradition, installation and video which express Mongolia.
The painter defines blue as a transparent color. He tries to express many things in a single work and makes them in various mediums. To use many techniques, blue fits it for its transparent nature. The Mongolian belief in the good omen of the color blue color has maybe also influenced his choice, but he likes all colors. Perhaps, discovering how many colors can be explored beyond blue can be one of his goals.
Music and painting
B.Sodnomdarjaa believes that music and painting have a close relationship. He composes his works while listening to music. Different kinds of music give him motivation to draw. While he draws something that requires a lot of movement, he listens to music. When his fingers become numb with cold, he listens to rock music. He listens to jazz music while drawing something very sophisticated and punctual. Appropriate music for the paintings make the exhibition, its visitors, and music a complex thing.
We can see Mongolian traditions, customs, symbolism, and beliefs in his works. Even the name of his works remind us of unique Mongolian traditions, such as “Choicest”, “Premier”, “Favored Person” and “Blue Flame”. He does not get caught in the same techniques, but he specializes in the theme of Mongolia.
We asked B.Sodnomdarjaa what kind of principles must be followed in order for an artist develop. He said, “I don’t really know about that, but an artist must compose an idea that is in their mind.
Otherwise, if all they think about is one thing and can’t implement the idea, that artist won’t develop. Even if it is wrong or fails, a person who does something improves and learns from their mistakes. By striving for excellence, anyone can improve. This is the key indicator of going forward.”

Oaths should be kept
May 9 (UB Post) It is no secret that special occasions and celebration days can cause trouble rather than joy in Mongolia, which spends many of its 365 days of the year marking celebrations and festivals. The number of days dedicated to or named after some profession, occasion or anniversary, has increased in recent years. For instance, people who work in the health sector celebrate several days including a day for doctors, nurses and midwives, etc.
One of those special days, the International Day of Midwives, is celebrated worldwide on May 5, and was observed in Mongolia few days ago. On the Day of Midwives, celebrated under the motto “We midwives will reach all families and change the world,” a very unpleasant post about a famous Mongolian midwife spread through social media and local websites. The post was the story of a woman suffering from antenatal complications even though she was under the watch of a local private hospital for eight months.
Her post was as follows:
“I had to deliver my baby 20 days before my due date, because my health was deteriorating as I had recently lost my father. The reason for my early birth was that my body was bloated and my child was in danger of being born with asphyxiation and bloating. I gained 30 kilograms of water from my initial weight in a short time. You might wonder if I took any measures and what I did to reach such disaster.
I started making antenatal appointments with a doctor at a private hospital in the first month of my pregnancy and underwent treatments to reduce bloating and uterine activity, or mild contractions, three times when I stayed at that hospital. The medication provided almost no results, my bloating wasn’t reduced and my face and body became unrecognizable. Believe it or not, I gained 63 kilos before the pregnancy and weighed 113 kilos prior to giving birth. I had gained a whole 50 kilos, but the well-known doctor and midwife, under whom I was on antenatal watch, said that my bloating was caused by the things that I ate, it was not bloating and they also said that I had become too fat. She didn’t do any special therapy to treat the swelling. I trusted the words of my midwife, whom I had appointments with for a long time, and believed that I had just become too fat. But when the heart of my baby stopped three times, the attending physicians of that expensive hospital told me, ‘It is up to you to decide. We have done what we can, you better go to the Mother and Children’s Hospital. We can’t promise that we can deliver your baby safely, as we don’t have the appliances and facilities for infants. However, it is easy to deliver the baby through surgery.’
“They literally told me to lose my child even after suffering emotionally and financially for eight months.”
The year 2014 was announced as the Year to Support the Health of Mothers and Children. Health Minister N.Udval publicly announced that the ministry is paying attention to maternity issues and started receiving information about how many mothers are giving birth weekly in cities and provinces, how many of them had birth complications and how many newborn infants faced birth difficulties and why, for the first four months of the year. The recently shared story is not the only frustrating story on maternity issues. According to D.Tseepil, journalist of, the following stories also prove the irresponsibility of maternity hospitals and doctors in Mongolia.
… Citizen E.Khongorzul underwent a caesarean surgery at Ulaanbaatar’s Third Maternity Hospital by doctors N.Oyungerel, N.Batzaya and nurse N.Ganchimeg on September 8, 2011. But the doctors and nurse who conducted the surgery left a meter-long bandage inside the patient. On November 19, 2012, E.Khongorzul underwent a surgery at the Central Military Hospital and had the bandage removed.
… O.Dashmaa gave birth to her first child at the Second Maternity Hospital on December 22, 2009. When she was giving birth, doctors pushed heavily on her stomach to deliver the baby. Her child passed away because of asphyxiation, and her uterus was removed because she had internal bleeding. The doctors tried to completely hide the fact.
Because of the irresponsibility of Ulaanbaatar’s Second Maternity Hospital’s doctors, T.Baigalmaa lost her baby she carried in her womb for seven months, she also had the complete removal of her reproductive organs as she was bleeding a lot during the birth. The doctors opened the uterus to deliver the baby and then removed it. Afterwards they lied and failed to remove an ovary.
There are many such tragic stories that have been revealed to the public and were not widely known. The victims in the examples shared here approached the media and spread their stories on social media, as they were put into the most difficult, unbearable situations and wanted to share with others. There are only few people who have approached the press and legal organizations regarding the issues they’ve face. But there are even more mothers, fathers and children who are suffering from the irresponsibility of unskilled doctors, not knowing who to approach and complain to.
A doctor has no right to make a mistake. Behind every mistake made by a doctor, there is a person’s health and life. Midwives should be even more responsible as the lives and hopes of more than one person is in their hands. However, in recent years, the health of children and mothers have been at risk due to overcrowding at maternity hospitals as the birth rate has risen. Mothers and young women are now afraid to bear a child and give birth because of this.
They compare a mother who dares to give birth – who has no friends, family members or acquaintances at the maternity hospital – to a person who is jumping into a dark abyss. Even though governmental authorities and policy makers say that there is nothing more important than its people to become a strong and powerful country, they are failing to create an environment for mothers to give birth without fear.
Today, supplies and salaries available to health sector workers are low. However, do doctors who took oaths have the right to work to fit the salary they get? If they are not satisfied with their salary, they have the right to make other career choices. If one decides to work as a doctor, he or she has no right to turn their frustration about insufficient state supply and salaries on their patients. They are people who took strict oaths to protect, as binding as they are for policemen and soldiers.
When one gets into an accident or one gets in a fight, there is no policemen who will leave the scene saying, “I will work according to my salary.” But there are many doctors who treat patients on the verge of life and death with such an approach.
Giving birth and having a baby is an indescribable happiness for mothers and families, and this happiness lies in the hands of doctors. If a doctor cares, a child will be delivered safely, if not, a life is at risk.
All service sectors are starting to pay more attention to customer satisfaction. But the only place that doesn’t care about the satisfaction of customers are hospitals. Maybe it is time to replace people who work to fit their salary with doctors who work for the satisfaction of saving lives. It is time to install surveillance cameras in hospitals in order to protect patients and prevent mothers and infants from unnecessary risks, and it is time for doctors to give their patients a guarantee. If women keep living in fear of becoming pregnant, the population of Mongolia will not grow.

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