In Myanmar, healthcare's collapse takes its own toll

The crisis comes at a potentially critical moment in the Covid-19 pandemic for Myanmar. PHOTO: REUTERS
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YANGON (NYTIMES) - Hla Min, a rice farmer in central Myanmar, was getting regular radiation therapy for cancer when the military seized power Feb 1. Initially expected to survive, he lasted less than three months.

His treatment ended when doctors at Mandalay General Hospital walked off the job to protest the coup. Soldiers soon occupied the hospital and others across Myanmar, using them as bases for their bloody crackdown on resistance to their rule. Many medical workers and would-be patients, fearing arrest or worse, stayed away.

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