Ac­tivists call for more aid in measles-in­fected Naga

The Myanmar Times - - News - MYINT KAY THI my­in­tkaythi@mm­times.com

NAGA ac­tivists are call­ing for more gov­ern­ment sup­port for the peo­ple of Sa­gaing Re­gion’s Naga Self-Ad­min­is­tered Zone, who are suf­fer­ing from in­fec­tious dis­eases, health prob­lems and other is­sues.

From June through Au­gust 12, 42 peo­ple from nine vil­lages in Lahe and Donhe town­ships were killed by in­fected dis­eases. On Au­gust 5, the Min­istry of Health and Sport con­firmed that the disease is measles. On Au­gust 12, the gov­ern­ment re­leased a state­ment say­ing the measles out­break is un­der con­trol.

Na­tional youth and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions held a press con­fer­ence at Yan­gon’s Orchid Ho­tel to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion yes­ter­day.

Gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Coun­cil of Naga Af­fairs (CNA) Naw Aung San said there were many dif­fi­cul­ties trans­port­ing sup­plies to the Naga re­gion.

Ac­tivists said the gov­ern­ment has been sup­port­ive dur­ing the out­break but that an emer­gency re­sponse is needed.

Is­sues with lack of hy­giene, nutri­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, trans­porta­tion, aware­ness and health sup­port have led to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the Naga zone, the ac­tivists said.

About 15 vil­lages have been struck by other health is­sues, such as flu, dengue fever and di­ar­rhoea.

The Naga Emer­gency Re­sponse Team met Vice Pres­i­dent Henry Van Thio on Au­gust 14 in Yan­gon.

Naw Aung San said his or­gan­i­sa­tion re­quested he­li­copters and med­i­cal teams to of­fer help to the Naga peo­ple.

“We want the gov­ern­ment to sup­port med­i­cal care for the lo­cals, to help with trans­porta­tion, to pro­vide food and to im­ple­ment a vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram for the re­gion, which could pre­vent the next out­break,” said one ac­tivist.

Photo: Thiri Lu

Naga ac­tivists hold a press con­fer­ence at Orchid Ho­tel in Yan­gon yes­ter­day.

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