Health


The Chindwin River in Upper Burma is contaminated with a significantly high level of heavy metals, making its water unsafe to drink, according to government officials.

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Several representatives of the Naga community in northwestern Burma have reacted angrily to a government announcement that the deadly measles virus, which recently struck the region, has been contained.

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Days after Myanmar authorities claimed to have brought a measles outbreak that has killed dozens under control, another child has died of the illness, Anadolu Agency reported on 14 August.

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An outbreak of measles which affected some remote villages in far northwestern Myanmar’s Naga Self-Administrative Zone (SAZ) is now finally under control, according to the Naga SAZ authorities, state media reported.

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The recent measles outbreak in the Naga region has once again shone a spotlight on healthcare access in remote and contested areas.

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As reports of more deaths filter out of a remote outpost of Sagaing Region, the army has been deployed and civilian volunteers are preparing to go to the scene to render assistance. Yesterday a local MP said the death toll had risen to 40 as a mysterious disease continues to spread.

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An estimated 38 people—mostly children—have died from an as-yet unidentified and contagious illness in two townships within the Naga Self-Administered Zone in Burma’s far north.

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At least 30 children have died in northwestern Myanmar since mid-June from an unknown disease that causes breathing difficulty, officials said Thursday.

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Health officials were struggling last week to contain an outbreak of cholera at Pyay despite assurances that the situation was being brought under control.

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Burma’s new five-year plan for the health sector includes upgrading all 25-bed hospitals across the country into 50-bed ones, according to Dr. Myint Htwe, minister of health.

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Four persons have died and more than 600 cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) reported so far this year in Rangoon Division – the highest incident of the disease in all Burma’s administrative regions.

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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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