Myanmar military’s road blockades obstruct healthcare access in northern Shan State

The regime has stopped medical supplies from reaching towns under the administration of the Ta’ang National Liberation Army, which is reopening hospitals formerly controlled by the junta

Healthcare facilities in war-torn northern Shan State are facing shortages of medical supplies due to Myanmar military blockades on roads into towns under the administrations of ethnic armed organisations, local sources said. 

A volunteer from a social welfare team in Namtu, which was seized by the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in late December, told Myanmar Now that residents of the area had been forced to seek emergency care in junta-controlled towns in the region. This includes Lashio—around 40 miles or one-and-a-half hours away, to which the roads from Namtu are damaged but have not yet been obstructed by the military.

Every week, around five patients are reportedly transported to the city. Most have been severely injured by landmines. . .

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