MSF calls on all parties to the Burmese conflict not to obstruct civilian access to aid

The humanitarian NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has called on the Burmese military junta and “other groups” to take all necessary measures to ensure that the civilian population has safe and unhindered access to medical care. which has been restricted since the February coup 1 in the Asian country.

Given that many public hospitals and clinics are “closed or occupied by the military, and those that are open have limited services available to medical staff during the strike,” MSF is barely able to recruit people for one Transfer special treatment in the country.

The most pressing threat is the coronavirus pandemic. A third wave, the organization warns, “would be a public health disaster as the country’s ability to perform tests or treat patients is now a fraction of what it was before the coup.”

MSF calls on all parties to the Burmese conflict not to obstruct civilian access to aid
MSF calls on all parties to the Burmese conflict not to obstruct civilian access to aid

MSF also denounced that one of its facilities was attacked by the military while Burmese police arrested one of their volunteers for participating in the protests against the military junta “and requested the names and addresses of other people who worked there”.

“The facility had to be temporarily closed and is now barely functioning, with minimal staff,” complain humanitarian officials.

MSF also denounces that doctors and nurses continue to be victims of violence. According to the United Nations, the NGO has recorded 179 attacks on health workers and facilities since the military takeover began. According to the Burmese NGO Association for Aid to Political Prisoners (AAPP), 13 people died in these attacks among the more than 800 civilian victims recorded by the repression by the security forces.

The military coup has fueled historic ethnic conflicts in the country, which have also made the organization’s work difficult. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), an estimated 60,000 people in Burma have been displaced within the country and 10,000 more in its neighbors since it came to power on February 1.

As a result, MSF had to withdraw its staff from a city in Kachin state because the fighting temporarily interrupted the NGO’s services, “while the sound of gunfire and gunfire is common in several places”.

Médecins Sans Frontières, the statement concluded, “fears the people of Burma in this deepening crisis” and calls for the removal of “all barriers that prevent sick and injured people from seeking medical help, including violence, arrest and intimidation Health workers “.

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