Myanmar troops arrest 18 medics for treating members of anti-junta groups Myanmar troops arrest 18 medics for treating ‘terrorists’ in church

Troops made the arrests during a Monday raid on a church in Loikaw, eastern Kayah state, where they found 48 patients being treated, seven of whom were suffering from Covid-19.

“It was learned that unofficial medical treatment was being given to the wounded and patients of the terrorist organizations,” the junta’s spokesperson said the Global New Light of Myanmar.

The report did not name the organizations. It said the 18 arrested medics would be treated according to law.

Myanmar’s health care system has been on the brink of collapse since the military overthrew an elected government in a Feb. 1 coup.

Many medical personnel joined a civil disobedience movement and refused to work in military-run hospitals in protest of the junta’s rule.
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According to human rights groups, many health care facilities and workers have been targeted by security forces.

The military has called on doctors to return to work.

Some of the four doctors, four nurses and ten nurses arrested at the church had previously been charged with sedition for refusing to work, the report said.

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), which follows the post-coup events in Myanmar, nearly 1,300 civilians have been killed and more than 10,000 arrested since the coup.

The military has rejected the AAPP’s data, which has been cited by the United Nations, accusing it of bias. A junta spokesman said last week that 200 soldiers were killed during the conflict.

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