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Remote villagers lacking proper medical treatment

Jun 11, 2008 (DVB), Cyclone survivors in 14 small villages in remote areas of Dadaye township, Irrawaddy division, have had no access to medical treatment for wounds sustained during the cyclone, aid workers said.

Soe Naing, a private relief worker who has recently come back from the area, said local villagers had to treat their own injuries due to the lack of proper medical supplies.

"I saw villagers with wounds from insect bites, with broken shoulders and ribs, and with bruises on their backs and chests," Soe Naing said.

"They are just using local herbal medicine to treat themselves. It is unpleasant to see them."

Soe Naing and a group of friends collected relief supplies and went to Danyingone and other villages a few days ago to distribute aid among refugees.

The villages are located approximately three hours by boat from Dadaye town.

Soe Naing said the health problems were being exacerbated by the conditions on the ground, with bodies still uncollected around the village one month after the cyclone hit.

"They haven't been provided with enough supplies and are currently facing a shortage of drinking water," said Soe Naing.

"Their health conditions will get worse if they don't get access to proper medical care soon because of the environment they are in."

Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet

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