Patients pour in to indicate medical scarcity in Arakan

San Maung Than,  January 7:

DSC01982A free medical check-up and treatment camp, organized by  Arakan National Rescue Organization and Rotary International with the supports from  Dr Saw Mra Aung family on January 4 in Sittwe, showed the desperation of patients who came in large number, which finally compelled the organizers to let alone many poor patients.

“I came from Kun Chaing fishing village of Ingaya Chaing Island under Pauk Taw township for the camp, but could not get full medicines because of overcrowding patients here,” said Daw Thar Yaing Phyu, a 63 years old lady, who suffered from a mild stroke and continued her high bold pressure.

“There is only one maternity nurse in our island who has to look after the women patients often villages. We have no village clinic in our island. So we are facing difficulties in getting access to medical treatment as the nurse does not visit all villages except the village she stays,” the lady patient added.

The patients came with various ailments including the deformation & fractures of lips and legs. Moreover the camp could not provide treatment for eyes, ears and nervous systems. So many patients could not get the advantage of the camp and returned back with empty hands.

“We came from Badaythar village under  Punnagyun township for my son, who wants the lip operations. I had to spend around 10000 Kyats for coming here by the bus. There was one more patient from our village with us,” said the mother of the young patient.

The attending doctors asked those patients to come in February again for their treatment.

“I have cough and also the problem on breathing.  I had treated in Sittwe for a longer period. Though I am yet to fully recover, I am now feeling well. I thought the specialist doctors in the camp would help me over recovering fast,” said  U Aung Kyan Luu from Pying Taw village under  Rathidaung township.

The 79 year old villager also informed that he had treated his eyes in a free medical camp in Rathidaung few years back.

“I got both of my eyes operated by the foreign medical officers in Rathidaung. They were very good doctors who were also compassionate to the patients,” added U Aung Kyan Luu.

Nearly one thousand patients arriving from Pauk Taw, Minbya, Kyouktaw, Punnagyun, Rathidaung, Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships got the treatment and consultations from the attending doctors. But there were more needy patients in the queue, who could not get the advantage of the camp.

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