Burma Times Correspondent
In the absence of all medical facilities, diseases are rampant among IDPs in Pauktaw township with one pregnant woman dying without any treatment.
29 year Solima Khatun died on October 1, leaving behind five small children. But she is not the only one, scores of others especially pregnant women and children have died as Muslims in the area continue to be denied medical care.
Locals say they had access to normal hospital facilities in the area but that changed since the riots when local medical staff refused to treat Muslim patients. Even then a medical lifeline was provided by international charity MSF.
But in January 2014, MSF was banned from Arakan after it gave a statement saying it had treated Rohingyas injured by Rakhine miscreants. Although a Rakhine mob backed by security forces killed more than forty women and children in a night raid, the government refused to acknowkedge such an incident had taken place and disqualified all MSF activities.
Later MSF was allowed back in a limited capacity but it no longer operated in the Pauktaw area for the Muslims. Following restrictions on MSF and other NGOs, a huge portion of the Muslim populace had lost the only lifeline to medical treatment.
Many patients going to government hospitals in Arakan state have been killed by hospital staff.
Pauktaw IDP camp remains in a dismal condition as residents are not allowed outside thus severing all livelihood options and creating chronic food shortages.