Only six per cent of children in Chin state get health care

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In Chin state, the poorest state in Myanmar, only 6 per cent of children receive health care, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said.  The UNICEF said on 5 May that children in Chin state are not developed to their age level compared to children in other states and they are thin and frail. Their weight is not normal at their age level as there is no proper health care for them. “We have village level health care centres, but the staff members in attendance are not regular. Our medicines provided from township health centres are not suitable for public health needs,” said health director in Ngaphaipi village, Thantlang Township.

UNICEF and Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development (MIID) will work together for Chin women and children’s health care from 2016 to 2021, a five-year project in order to prevent lack of nutrition for mother and child in Chin state, said Bertrand Bainvel of UNICEF.

 

Meanwhile, the Messenger news said that there are children under normal weight to the tune of 31 per cent, of height 58 per cent and frailty 9 per cent in Chin state because of insufficient nutrition, vitamins and foods.

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