Shan State

Mizzima Business Weekly - - ETHNIC NEWS ROUNDUPS -

Res­i­dents in the north­ern Shan State Town­ship of Hsi­paw have been struck by res­pi­ra­tory ail­ments, and other health is­sues, in­clud­ing 10 cases of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB), SHAN re­ported quot­ing a re­port re­leased by the Shan Hu­man Rights Foun­da­tion (SHRF).Many at­tribute the cri­sis to the Nam Ma coal mine, which, they say, has cre­ated se­vere air pol­lu­tion over the past few years.Lo­cal vil­lagers have raised con­cerns that the re­cent in­crease in TB cases is di­rectly linked to years of breath­ing in dust and other pol­lu­tants from the mine, as well as a long­stand­ing lack of ac­ces­si­ble health care and dis­ease con­trol pro­grams in the area, the re­port said.

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