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Myanmar orders MSF to 'cease all activities' in the country

Published on Mar 1, 2014 12:13 AM

YANGON (AFP) - Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Friday said the Myanmar government had ordered it to suspend all its activities in the country, halting vital healthcare to thousands of people.

MSF, which provides primary healthcare in strife-torn western Rakhine state as well as HIV and tuberculosis treatments across the country, said the move would have a "devastating effect" on its patients.

"MSF is deeply shocked by this unilateral decision and extremely concerned about the fate of tens of thousands of patients currently under our care across the country," the group said in a statement, adding it was in discussions with the government to resume services.

It said that clinics across the country were closed Friday for the first time in the aid group's 22-year history in the country.

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