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IBAPWO seeks approval to cross into Myanmar

DIMAPUR: With Measles outbreak continuing to claim the lives of children in Naga Self-Administrative Zone (SAZ) Myanmar, the International Border Area People’s Welfare Organization (IBAPWO) has sought the Centre’s permission to cross into Myanmar on humanitarian ground.

In a letter addressed to the director general, health services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, IBAPWO general secretary Nokshom Konyak, informed that due to lack of road communication the medical team from Myanmar government could not reach out to the remotest villages along the border affected by the epidemic.

IBAPWO, representing seven border blocks under Mon, Tuensang, Kiphire and Phek in the state of Nagaland, stated that medical team from Indian side could cross over to Myanmar and provide assistance to those affected villages. IBAPWO cautioned that the outbreak could spread to Nagaland side owing to its proximity with the affected area coupled with free movement of people along the Indo-Myanmar border.

In this regard, IBAPWO appealed to the director general health services to allot the medical team from Indian side as a preventive measure. 

The organisation stated that the principal director H&FW Nagaland refused to allow the medical team from Indian side to cross over till the order from the Centre. Therefore, IBAPWO said it was writing to the ministry for due permission. 

Meanwhile, IBAPWO has expressed gratitude to the Indo-Myanmar Border Mission (IMBM) for donating medicine, food and clothes, which had reached Longwa village, Mon district, to be handed over to the bordering affected villages. IBAPWO has also appealed to the Nagaland chief minister and Nagaland H&FW minister to intervene.

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