Hospitals in Rakhine State to be designated protected zones

Ei Thinzar Kyaw
Health staff provide care to locals.


For the safety of patients, hospitals and clinics in Rakhine State will be designated as protected zones, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

After getting the nod from the government, the ministry will erect signboards in the Myanmar, Rakhine and English languages. 

The healthcare system in Rakhine State is relatively poor. The World Health Organisation has suggested that the government should try to ensure the ratio between health staff and population is at least 22 to 10,000. In Myanmar, the average ratio between health staff and population is 16 to 10,000. In Rakhine State, the ratio between heath staff and population is five to 10,000.

The child mortality rate is higher than the average rates across the country. Only 19 per cent of pregnant mothers have to deliver their babies at hospitals and clinics. There are outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, especially in northern Rakhine State.

About 52 per cent of respondents included in the medical research in Rakhine State said they had no sufficient healthcare access. 

The nutritional statues of children have reached the lowest level. About 38 per cent of children are underdeveloped, while 34 per cent of children are less than the average low weight. 

The Ministry will provide daily expenditures and travel allowance to health staff who will involve in the health care for returnees to Rakhine.