Hospital sees rise in female patients living on streets

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Yangon General Hospital’s Medical Social Work Department in recent months has seen an increase in the number of female patients admitted after living on the streets, a department officer said Friday.
“Some do not want to receive treatment while others want to remain at the hospital for fear that they would face difficulties for their daily survival,” medical social officer U Tun Lin said.
Medical social worker Daw Yin Yin Hnin said there are currently three women staying at the department, one of whom is being treated for tuberculosis.
“We received five patients in May and two patients in June, most of them women,” Daw Yin Yin Hnin said.
The department normally receives about 50 patients per year, most of them men, including monks. Many of its patients are found to be suffering from undernourishment as well as mental health problems. One-third of them die at the hospital.
Most patients are from other regions and states and have moved to Yangon in search of job opportunities, Daw Yin Yin Hnin said.
U Tun Lin said the department is seeking donations from the public and is in urgent needs of women’s clothing.
“The department is in need of the contributions by private donors such as cash assistance, clothes and other needs for those patients, even though the department is providing medical treatments to them free of charge,” he said.
“The department transports the patients to the place where they want to. Among them, those who have no families or relatives are usually transported to Thabawa Meditation Centre in Thanlyin Township in Yangon, but some patients do not want to go there.”
Since 1957, the medical social work department has provided care to patients picked up on the streets. Well-wishers may call Yangon General Hospital on 01 256112 to make contributions.

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