Activists call for more aid in measles-infected Naga
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.
Naga activists hold a press conference at Orchid Hotel in Yangon yesterday.