Naga leader Naw Aung Sann speaks to DVB about the health crisis in the Naga Self-Administered Zone, which he says is continuing despite government assurances that it is under control.
“Under these circumstances, there is no way we can accept the Department of Health statement that the disease is under control,” said Naw Aung San at a press conference.
Health department official says measles outbreak not as serious as previously reported, however at least one local NGO disputes the claim and says disease is spreading.
“After hearing news about the outbreak on 29 July, we authorised the testing of blood and urine samples of the patients. We now have the results – it is a measles virus.”
The Burmese Ministry of Health announced on Sunday its plan to launch a nationwide measles-rubella vaccination campaign in January. Partnering with the World Health Organisation’s aim to eradicate measles in South East Asian countries by 2020, the Burmese health ministry is expected to provide vaccinations to more than 17 million people in the country.
An outbreak of flu has claimed five deaths in the Naga self-administered zone in northern Burma.