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The Burmese government announced today that it had discovered a 118-year-old woman living “healthily” in a monastery in Mandalay division.
Daw Mya Kyi was born in 1892, the Department of Social Welfare claims, making her older than the French national Eugenie Blanchard, who was born four years later and in May this year was validated as the world’s oldest living person.
Xinhua news quoted Department of Social Welfare sources who said that Daw Mya Kyi is living in a monastery in Puak Chan Kone village in Amarapura township, just south of Mandalay city, and is “enjoying good health”.
“She can eat whatever she has appetite [for] but not sour food for health reason,” it added.
Life expectancy in Burma is currently 63.4 years for women and 59 years for men, according to the UN Development Programme. The Burmese government is thought spend only 1.8 percent of its annual budget on healthcare, ranking it amongst the lowest in the world.