IDP Camp Ravaged By Skin Disease in Demoso Township

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By Kantarawaddy Times

Over half of the population in an internally displaced person (IDP) camp in Demoso Township, Karenni State, has been suffering from skin ailments since December.

A pregnant woman said health workers won’t let her take medication despite having scabs on her body. “My adult daughter is also suffering from a skin disease and doesn’t want to go out from the hut.”

The illness has affected everyone, young and old alike, in OK IDP camp where 150 people from 32 families live. A middle-aged man said it’s spreading faster among the children because they are playing together.

The woman said it’s causing people to lose their sleep.

“The two-month-old baby frequently cries into the night. Children are sick and unable to sleep because of the skin disease.” But, she said, people don’t have the money to purchase the medication for it, so they share what they have with each other. The woman said the skin disease is caused by poor hygiene and water scarcity.

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