Happy New Fear: Yangon told to stay home 9 days over holiday

Yangon residents were told not to leave their homes except for food or necessary health care to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infections during the holidays. While a regional health committee on Friday said the order for people to stay home would be enforced until April 19, Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein said the ...

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Elderly Yangon man is Myanmar’s first reported COVID-19 death

Elderly Yangon man is Myanmar’s first reported COVID-19 death

Disease control officials this morning confirmed the first known death due to COVID-19 in Myanmar. The 69-year-old man, who had nose cancer, died at 7:25am at Waibargi Hospital,...

Myanmar cancels Burmese New Year Festival, tightens travel from outbreak zones (but not China)

Myanmar cancels Burmese New Year Festival, tightens travel from outbreak zones (but not China)

Update: The government on Sunday ordered that anyone who has been to France, Germany, Iran, Italy, or Spain within the past two weeks must submit to 14 days of quarantine at...

Thingyan canceled? Yangon mulls calling it off as 3 die with COVID19-like symptoms

Thingyan canceled? Yangon mulls calling it off as 3 die with COVID19-like symptoms

Yangon’s government is considering whether to cancel the annual water festival due to concerns about spread of the coronavirus after three suspected fatalities. While the city...

‘Everyone will die:’ Protesters demand Myanmar lock down border

‘Everyone will die:’ Protesters demand Myanmar lock down border

Hundreds of residents near the border with China took to the streets yesterday to demand tougher health measures as doubts persist about Myanmar’s immunity to COVID-19. Concerns...

On guard, Myanmar asks for travel sector vigilance as Wuhan infections accelerate across region

On guard, Myanmar asks for travel sector vigilance as Wuhan infections accelerate across region

While a vigilant Myanmar braces for its first case of a deadly Chinese virus and looks to restrict tour groups, infections and fatalities continue to skyrocket in China and the...

NASA pioneers malaria-predicting technology in Myanmar

NASA pioneers malaria-predicting technology in Myanmar

NASA is developing a new technique to forecast malaria outbreaks in Myanmar from space, as the emergence of new drug-resistant strains in Southeast Asia threatens efforts to...

Dung and Dragons: Myanmar kids dodge cows to play rugby

Dung and Dragons: Myanmar kids dodge cows to play rugby

Sidestepping cowpats and garbage, Myanmar’s only home-grown junior rugby side train on the outskirts of Yangon, preparing to take on children from the city’s...

Flooding in Kachin state displaces more than 1,000

Flooding in Kachin state displaces more than 1,000

Twenty-seven schools were closed and more than a thousand people displaced by flooding after the Irrawaddy river overran its banks in Myanmar’s northernmost Kachin state...

H1N1 virus claims 41 already, more deaths than entirety of 2017 outbreak

H1N1 virus claims 41 already, more deaths than entirety of 2017 outbreak

At least 41 people nationwide have died from the H1N1 virus in the past month, more than died in the entirety of 2017, when a major outbreak claimed 38 lives, the Ministry of...


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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.

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