Myanmar’s War on Medics

The military in Burma (Myanmar) has declared war on health care—making the country one of the most dangerous places to practice medicine, accounting for nearly 240 of the 508 attacks globally, according to the WHO.
Security forces are openly arresting, attacking and killing medical workers—dubbing them enemies for their role protesting the military’s February takeover. 

  • Arrest warrants for 580 doctors and nurses are plastered over state media.
  • At least 157 health care workers have been arrested, 32 wounded, and 12 killed since Feb. 1
  • Security forces have occupied at least 51 hospitals since the military takeover.

No safe space: The AP described a raid on a clandestine clinic in a monastery that left a guard dead. Doctors and nurses fled—after apologizing to patients they had to leave behind.

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