Inadequate Medical Supplies in Arakan Spell Looming Health Crisis for Children
The number of children who have been suffering from tropical diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and hepatitis has increased, and the limited medicinal supply has not been helping the problem, says one health worker from Akyab Hospital.
Since 19 November, there have been about 300
children hospitalized in
Most of the children are from the outlying cities of the state, such as Kyauktaw, Mrauk U, Ponna Gyan, Rathidaung, and Pauktaw. Since local hospitals in those cities are facing a grave shortage of medicine, these children are transferred to the state's capital hospital, said the same medical officer.
However, the situation is not much better at
The acting head medical officer of the hospital, Dr. Khine Myo Lwin, has sent a request for a solution to these problems to the higher authorities and is awaiting their response. Many medical professionals in the state, however, are not very optimistic about the prospect of help, since the Burmese junta generally does not care about the well-being of the people, says a senior medical officer.
A private medical supplier says medicine
It is reported that there are at least 1,000
people from 25 villages who are suffering from diarrhea in
Low capacity of medical officers and limited supplies of medicine, along with the high prices of privately supplied medicine, mean that many patients are not recovering from these curable diseases and are facing unnecessary death.