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Refugee camps wanting meals, medication in Myanmar’s Kayah state — Radio Free Asia


Villagers displaced by combating in Myanmar’s war-torn Kayah state are operating wanting badly wanted meals and medication, with youngsters and the aged hardest hit within the camps set as much as shelter them, sources within the area say.

Kids are actually affected by dengue fever and diarrhea within the jap a part of Kayah’s Loikaw township, the place round 4,000 refugees now stay in IDP camps, a reduction employee at one camp, instructed RFA on Friday.

“The primary downside we face right here now’s the scarcity of drugs,” the employee named Aung Naing mentioned. “In one other close by camp, there may be the flu. That is quite common. After which there are the gastroenteritis circumstances,” he added.

“We are actually seeing slight adjustments within the signs, with youngsters exhibiting traces of blood of their vomit. There’s loads of that taking place,” Aung Naing mentioned.

Aged refugees additionally lack medication for hypertension, diabetes and coronary heart issues, and painkillers, saline water and medicines for fevers are actually urgently wanted within the camps, he mentioned.

Shipments of drugs are actually restricted in Kayah state, the place Individuals’s Protection Forces are clashing with forces of the army junta that overthrew civilian rule in Myanmar in a Feb. 1, 2021 coup, a spokesman for the Karenni Human Rights Group mentioned.

The costs of drugs have additionally risen in native markets due to shortages, the spokesman named Banya mentioned.

“Now we have completely no potential to supply medication right here, and we’ve to purchase primarily from exterior. The costs right here have greater than doubled, and there may be solely a trickle of worldwide assist,” he mentioned.

The UN refugee company and World Meals Program present help to the camps primarily for meals, with no assist given for medical wants, he mentioned.

“Many individuals within the camps have been residing right here for months and even years, and they’re turning into weak,” Banya mentioned. “There isn’t a correct well being look after pregnant girls and younger moms, and refugees are going through much more well being challenges as a result of they don’t have any entry to vaccines.”

Refugees in ‘a really unhealthy scenario’

A spokesman for the Progressive Karenni Individuals’s Pressure, which additionally helps struggle refugees, mentioned that not less than six individuals have died within the camps the place the group works as a consequence of shortages of drugs and meals.

“Medicines are badly wanted, and there has just lately been a scarcity of rice and dried rations. A number of the refugees are in a really unhealthy scenario,” the spokesman mentioned, talking on situation of anonymity for safety causes.

“Now we have seen individuals die in some IDP camps as a result of they didn’t have sufficient medication. And since transportation has been restricted on the roads, it’s also exhausting now to maneuver from place to position or present complete well being care,” he mentioned.

Many within the camps now survive solely by consuming edible leaves and roots present in surrounding forests, the spokesman added.

In an Aug. 3 assertion, the UN Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs mentioned it’s going through difficulties in offering meals and medication to struggle victims in Myanmar due to restrictions imposed by the nation’s army.

Calls searching for remark from Myanmar army spokesman Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun and the junta spokesman for Kayah state rang unanswered on Friday.

Translated by Khin Maung Nyane for RFA Burmese. Written in English by Richard Finney.




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