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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - YANGON — The military government in Myanmar has arrested 18 medical personnel for giving treatment to members of anti-junta groups, state media reported.
Troops made the arrests during a raid on Monday on a church in Loikaw in eastern Kayah state, where they discovered 48 patients who were receiving treatment, seven suffering from Covid-19, Reuters news agency reported quoting the Global New Light of Myanmar, the junta's mouthpiece.
"It was learned that unofficial medical treatment was being provided to the injured persons and patients from the terrorist organizations," the paper said.
The detained medics included four doctors, four nurses and 10 nursing aides. Some of them had previously been charged with incitement, it said.
The report did not name the alleged terrorist organizations. It said the 18 medics arrested would be dealt with according to the law.
The country’s healthcare system has been close to collapse since the army overthrew an elected government in a February 1 coup.
Many medical workers joined a civil disobedience movement and have refused to work in military-run hospitals in protest at the junta's rule.
Many healthcare facilities and workers have been targeted by security forces, according to human rights groups.
The military has appealed to doctors to return to work.
Close to 1,300 civilians have been killed and more than 10,000 arrested since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), which has been tracking post-coup events in Myanmar.
The military has dismissed the AAPP's data, which has been cited by the United Nations, and accuses it of bias. A junta spokesman last week said 200 soldiers have been killed during the conflict. — Agencies
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