No Healthcare for Villagers on the Rakhine Roma Mountain Range

Taungup: Villagers living on the Rakhine Roma Mountain Range say they are facing trouble with health issues as there are no government or private healthcare facilities in their villages.

Around twenty villages including Kyauktagar (9-Mile), 10-Mile, Myaukngo, Tanlyargyi, Rattawmu, Tawchyay, Patlae, Salu, Nayputaung, Pinnwaysan, Doenwesan, Raepawgyi, Nyaunglantaw, Mrayar, Pwinthitsa, Thapyiy, Swetpyat and Moehti are situated near the highway on the mountain range on the side of Arakan State.

“Ethnic groups of Rakhine, Bamar and Chin are living in the villages here, which are situated nearly 10-miles away from Taunggup. There is no clinic either governmental or private in our villages and we are greatly troubled whenever we fell sick”, said one of the villagers.

There are at least 20 or 30 households in each village on the mountain range.

The villager said malaria and cholera are the most common diseases breaking out in their villages and most of the sufferers from those diseases are children.

“We are especially troubled whenever our health is concerned. Though our villages are situated near the Taunggup-Rangoon Highway on the mountain range, they are very far away from the town and it is very difficult for us to reach to a clinic or hospital in a nearest town. I think it will be good and convenient for us if some clinics and dispensaries will be opened in some of our villages here”, said a woman from Tanlyargyi Village.

She said the villages are far from each other and there are no schools in most of the villages as well.

“There are only four government primary schools in the villages of Rattawmu, Salu, Doenwesan and Nyaunglantaw. There is no school in any other village including my own village. So, we have to hire some private teachers for primary education to our children”, she said.

Most of the villagers living on the Rakhine Roma Mountain Range are working and living off of hill-side cultivations while some of them are earn their livelihoods by selling food on the highway and cutting wood in the forests.