Toxic mushrooms kill 6 Myanmar workers in Yunnan

Six migrant workers from Myanmar died last week after eating poisonous mushrooms near the farm where they worked in China’s Yunnan Province, the District Information and Public Relations Department in Muse, Shan State, has reported. The workers reportedly ate the mushrooms on June 11 and were taken to various hospitals in Yunnan and Muse over ...

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Nine months on, the search for Rohingya babies born of rape

Nine months on, the search for Rohingya babies born of rape

Aid workers are scouring the world’s largest refugee camp for pregnant Rohingya rape victims, with a rush of births anticipated nine months after Myanmar forces unleashed...

285 dead, over 1,000 injured during Thingyan

285 dead, over 1,000 injured during Thingyan

At least 285 deaths were reported to have been related to this year’s Thingyan festivities between April 13 and 17, up from 272 last year, according to Myanmar state media....

Myanmar netizens react to viral story about deadly puppy disease

Myanmar netizens react to viral story about deadly puppy disease

A Mandalay woman has stirred emotions and debate this week when she posted a now-viral story on Facebook about the sudden death of her brother-in-law after he received a tiny...

Myanmar unveils new National Drug Control Policy

Myanmar unveils new National Drug Control Policy

Myanmar’s Ministry of Home Affairs announced the adoption of a new National Drug Control Policy at a ceremony Naypyidaw this morning. If implemented properly, the new policy...

Traumatized Rohingya children fear return to Myanmar

Traumatized Rohingya children fear return to Myanmar

The disturbing drawings of homes engulfed in flames, and stickmen hanging from trees that are produced by Rohingya children in Bangladesh’s overcrowded refugee camps are...

Murder, abuse rife among Mon State fishermen

Murder, abuse rife among Mon State fishermen

Forty-seven fishermen died at sea off the coast of Mon State’s Ye Township in 2017, topping 2016’s figure by two, according to police data. Many of these deaths were murders...

6.0-magnitude earthquake hits central Myanmar

6.0-magnitude earthquake hits central Myanmar

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit a sparsely populated area of Myanmar just before 1am on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has reported. The quake struck around 24 miles from...

Five electrocuted by power cable in Kayin State

Five electrocuted by power cable in Kayin State

Five people were killed when a metal rod they were carrying touched a power cable in Tharmanya village, Kayin State, on Jan. 6. On that day, a villager named Maung Par had asked...

Leprosy refuge dismantled after being featured in award-winning photo series

Leprosy refuge dismantled after being featured in award-winning photo series

A makeshift village that had formed in a forest on the outskirts of Taunggyi was dismantled by city authorities late last month, just days after it had been featured in a photo...


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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.