KARENNI STATE – As most of the displaced kids in Karenni State and Southern Shan State have been displaced for over one year, they have experienced malnutrition, weakened immune, and infectious diseases, as reported by an assistant in helping Karenni Displaced People.
When a CDM doctor, who is treating the displaced people, tested 508 kids under the age of 5, 111 kids out of 508 had malnutrition and 44 others had symptoms to be malnourished.
“Since the displaced people have stayed in the forest for over one year to flee from the battles, their kids are now too weak to resist diarrhea, skin rashes on the whole body, and seasonal dengue fever,” a CDM doctor elaborated.
In order to make sure the kids in the displaced camp are nutritious, the displaced people assisting groups and donators have tried to treat nutritional and medical checkups once a week.
However, many kids in the camp are still not yet vaccinated and suffering from diarrhea, runny nose, cough, malnutrition, and seasonal flu during the current rainy season. More medicine support is needed due to the imported medicine price going up, the doctor added.
As a result of restraining the medicines and food supply to the battlefields such as Demoso, Hpruso, Shadaw, and Pekon townships, the displaced people in that area have faced difficulties to get medical treatment and medicines shortage. During July, there were even four dead cases subsequences of not having treatment in time.
“Almost all the children and their mothers are suffering from cough, asthma, and flu in one of the displaced camps. There is not enough vaccination and medicines for the children,” an assistant helping displaced people from the Western Kayan Region explained.
According to the CDM doctor’s conclusion, medicines shortages, having long distances from hospitals and clinics to be treated, not having indoor spaces in cool weather, not having balanced nutritious food and rare medical treatment might be the reasons for the death of four displaced people within one month.