Burma Times Correspondent: July 21, 2015
Authorities have shut down the Thakkay Pyin clinic in Chaki para, Akyab on Friday.
Earlier, the state government had asked all doctors and nurses in the clinic to come to Akyab town for a very important meeting. Here they were told that due to the increasing threat of ‘terrorists’, they were unable to guarantee their safety and ordered them to pack up and go home.
In the meantime, security forces raided the clinic and forced out patients and their relatives out of the hospital. Many of the patients were in a critical condition.
The clinic operated by an NGO was one of the last remaining medical centre that treated Rohingya patients. Rohingya patients are generally not allowed treatment in the government owned hospitals of Arakan state. Many of those admitted have even been killed by hospital staff.
Under these circumstances, medical treatment offered by international humanitarian organisations is a critical lifeline for the Rohingyas. But the government has accused the international organisations of being biased towards Rohingyas and continuously shut down their activities and prevented their access from Rohingya areas. The excuse of not being able to guarantee security for medical personal is an old tactic by the state government to prevent medical treatment in Rohingya neighbourhoods.