Health


A recent cholera outbreak in Pyay District of Pegu Division is now under control, according to Pegu Division Chief Minister Win Thein.

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Health officials in Pegu Division have warned of a fast-spreading outbreak of acute dysentery in Prome District caused by recent monsoonal flooding.

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A cholera outbreak in Pyay District of Pegu Division has hospitalized almost 100 people, according to the Pyay General Hospital, which is caring for those affected, half of whom are in a severe state.

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Amid evidence that as many as one child in three suffers from stunted growth, an NGO has set out to combat malnutrition. The Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) will commit US$14.5 million to improve nutrition for 3 million people.

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Health workers in two refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border stopped work over non-payment of compensation and claims that they are treated unfairly by a non-government organization running hospitals in the camp.

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Formalin, a chemical linked to cancer and other health problems, has been found in rice noodles and tofu sold at markets in Rangoon, according to a senior government health official.

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In a hugely positive step forward for women’s rights and reproductive health this week, it was announced that free long-acting reversible contraceptives are to be made available through the public health system.

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After a study released last week narrowed the likely cause of drug-resistant malaria along the Myanmar-Thailand border to a mutation in a specific parasite gene, health officials are trying to figure out how best to respond.

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Through cooking and farming demonstrations, a project starting this month aims to improve nutrition in the rural areas of Chin State, where stunted growth continues to affect a large segment of the population.

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Myanmar women would like to have more access to reproductive health resources, according to surveys conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Public Health Department under the Ministry of Health and Sports.

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The rapid decline in effectiveness of a widely used anti-malaria drug treatment on the Thai-Burmese border is linked to the increasing prevalence of specific mutations in the malaria parasite itself, according to a paper published in the Clinical Infectious Disease Journal.

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The health ministry is planning to launch a national-level campaign against liver diseases this year, partly in response to the prevalence of Hepatitis B in Myanmar, with which 6.5 per cent of the population is infected, announced the Liver Foundation.

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At the end of a day learning about sex, Dr Ne Win’s students show how they feel by placing stickers on a daily “mood meter”.

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The government has denied ordering a controversial nationwide ban on the popular stimulant betel. A statement issued by the State Counsellor’s Office yesterday said non-specific instructions were issued to state and region authorities last month advising them to curb usage of the carcinogenic chewing nut, but not to outright outlaw it.

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“The doctor told me I should exercise regularly, but I don’t want to do that,” said U Aung Kyaw Oo, fixing Frontier with a mischievous grin. In August last year the 50-year-old was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after a routine medical check-up.

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The President’s Office opened an online poll on Wednesday night to collect the public’s thoughts on reducing betel nut chewing and spitting in government offices and public places.

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The Ministry of Health has confirmed that six children have died from diphtheria in Yangon and Ayeyarwady regions this year.

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The committee announced that it would fine shops that did not follow rules and regulations, but said efforts to reduce betel consumption have been limited due to the large number of people who chew the substance in Myanmar’s second-largest city.

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During a power blackout on a hot night in May, Thidar Han heard a baby crying at around 9 pm in back lane of Yangon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township, where she works as a ward administrator.

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Ask Daw Nayee Ziram how she feels about her 28 years as the only midwife serving six isolated villages in Kachin State’s remote Putao valley and the response will be a two-hour rant.

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