Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Medical personnel risk their lives to treat injured people in Myanmar’s anti-coup protests

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Myanmar’s military coup on February 1 has created a huge difficulty for medical personnel who now have to provide emergency assistance as state forces crack down on mass protests.

Millions have taken to the streets across the country, while approximately three-quarters of government workers are estimated to have gone on strike as part of a nationwide civil disobedience.

To meet the public’s medical needs, healthcare providers are now offering services voluntarily outside of government facilities, but the increasingly violent crackdowns mean many healthcare workers are risking their own lives to deliver life-saving treatment to those joining the protests.