Monday, 26 January 2015

MSF finds worsened health conditions in Myanmar's Rakhine

Source nationmultimedia, 21 Jan

© Ye Naung/ 7 Days News, EPA
MSF finds worsened health conditions in Myanmar - © Ye Naung/ 7 Days News, EPA
Yangon (dpa) - Conditions for patients in Myanmar's western province of Rakhine have worsened since the expulsion of medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the group said Wednesday after restarting medical clinics in the area.

The group was expelled by authorities in February after treating victims from both sides of clashes between Buddhist locals and members of the Muslim ethnic Royingya community.

"We learn that, during our suspension, just a few patients received medical care from government," said Reshma Adatia, operational adviser to MSF-Holland on Myanmar.

"It's like we have to start from a minus situation."

The group restarted primary health clinics on December 17 after talks with the government.

In the past four weeks it has treated more than 3,480 outpatients and consulted more than 550 pregnant women, MSF said on Tuesday.

MSF also provides healthcare to all ethnic groups in Shan and Kachin states as well as Yangon.

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