Dengue fever may reach epidemic levels in Yangon this year

The Myanmar Public Health Department has recorded nearly 2,000 cases of dengue fever throughout the country in the first quarter of 2017. More than half of these cases were recorded in Yangon Region, marking a steep rise for the region since last year. The department reported that among the 1,924 cases nationwide, 1,014 were recorded

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Too understaffed to test food on time, FDA grants manufacturing licenses anyway

The Food and Drug Administration Myanmar (FDA) is back at it again with another solution to its institutional shortcomings that puts the privileges of businesses above the...

Too understaffed to test food on time, FDA grants manufacturing licenses anyway

FDA claims victory over formaldehyde in Yangon food markets

About a year after formaldehyde was discovered in rice noodles and bean curd being sold at Yangon markets, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the use of the...

FDA claims victory over formaldehyde in Yangon food markets

After 75 drinking water brands fail microbial test, authorities relax safety standards

Seventy-five drinking water brands failed microbial testing administered by the Food and Drug Administration in February. Instead of requiring water manufacturers to lower the...

After 75 drinking water brands fail microbial test, authorities relax safety standards

Free soup at Buddhist ceremony poisons hundreds of villagers

A free lunch for villagers in southern Myanmar turned sour after it landed more than a third of the rural community in hospital with food poisoning, local officials said Friday....

Free soup at Buddhist ceremony poisons hundreds of villagers

ICRC opens new prosthetic rehab center in Shan State

Shan State’s first physical rehabilitation center has officially opened its doors in Kyaing Tong. The facility was built with a US$1.3 million investment from the...

ICRC opens new prosthetic rehab center in Shan State

Myanmar govt to crack down on fake cooking oil

The Myanmar government will take legal action against the sale of fake cooking oil starting this month, said Union Minister for Planning and Finance Kyaw Win. “Don’t sell...

Myanmar govt to crack down on fake cooking oil

Australian team helps protect Myanmar farmers from snake bites 

Myanmar farmers are trapped in a vicious cycle that leaves them especially vulnerable to snake bites. Rice attracts rodents, and rodents attract snakes; and if a snake bites a...

Australian team helps protect Myanmar farmers from snake bites 

Grandson suffering emotional trauma, according to Ko Ni’s family

When NLD legal advisor Ko Ni was shot in the head at close range at Yangon International Airport last month, horrific photos of the crime immediately surfaced on social media....

Grandson suffering emotional trauma, according to Ko Ni’s family

75 drinking water brands fail microbial test

Several drinking water brands did not pass a microbial test administered by Myanmar’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The microbial plate count test measures how much...

75 drinking water brands fail microbial test

Coconuts Yangon Health

Myanmar has one of the least developed healthcare systems in the region, a product of decades of military rule. Many residents go to Singapore or Thailand to treat more serious illnesses. Yangon General Hospital provides free healthcare to Myanmar nationals, and some private hospitals such as Pun Hlaing have emerged for those who can afford to pay for the treatment. Health stories on Coconuts Yangon cover everything from updates on the latest tropical disease epidemic to mental health to the nasty stuff found in our food.