Myanmar Junta Arrests 18 Medics

Myanmar Junta has arrested 18 medics for providing treatment to patients who were members of “terrorist organizations,” a state-run newspaper said Wednesday, referring to outlawed anti-junta groups.

“It was learned that unofficial medical treatment was being provided to the injured persons and patients from the terrorist organizations,” the Global New Light of Myanmar said.

On Monday, the Junta raided a Christ the King Cathedral church in Loikaw, eastern Kayah state, and rounded-up doctors, nurses, and nursing aides. 

The Junta discovered that the healthcare providers have been providing treatment to 48 patients, seven suffering from COVID-19. 

Myanmar Now reported that around 200 police and military personnel took part in the raid. 

According to human rights groups, many healthcare facilities and workers have been the target of the Junta for joining a civil disobedience movement and for refusing to work in military-run hospitals. 

The state-run newspaper said some of the four doctors, four nurses, and ten nursing aides arrested at the church had previously been charged with incitement over their refusal to work.

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