Sickness Grips Displaced Camps in Western Demoso

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By Kantarawaddy Times

Many people living in displaced camps in Dor Yout Khu and the nearby villages are battling the flu and other illnesses and there’s only one medical clinic in the area, located in western Demoso Township, to attend to their medical needs.

“The clinic is running out of medicine. Almost everyone is sick here,” shared a concerned female medic with Kantarawaddy Times, choosing to remain anonymous. More than 3,000 out of the 5,000 civilians affected by the conflict in the area are sick with various illnesses.

An anonymous male medic explained that during the rainy season, many people suffer from the flu, dengue and malaria. He highlighted that in the early stages, individuals often experience symptoms like coughing and sneezing. However, without medical care, some of these diseases can progress to haematemesis or vomiting blood, posing life-threatening risks. The Burma army is deliberately blocking roads leading to Karenni State, he explained, hindering the transportation of essential medicines to the camps.

In response to the prevalence of mosquito-borne diseases, health workers have advised civilians to protect themselves by sleeping under mosquito nets both during the night and day. Additionally, they’ve encouraged people to eliminate stored water to reduce the mosquito population around their living areas.

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