An international medical charity warned Wednesday of "life-threatening" consequences for thousands of HIV and tuberculosis patients in Myanmar after it was ordered by the junta to stop work in a southern city, APA reports citing France 24.
Doctors Without Borders -- widely known by its French initials MSF -- received a letter from regional authorities "asking us to suspend all activities" in southeastern Dawei, where it has provided HIV care for over two decades.
"Suspending MSF's activities could be life-threatening for many of our patients at a time when public services remain severely disrupted," it said in a statement to AFP.
Almost all public hospitals remain closed following the country's February coup with many doctors joining a huge civil strike, leaving the healthcare system incapacitated.
MSF added it had reached out to authorities to "understand" the decision, which it said would impact 2,162 people living with HIV and receiving antiretroviral treatment in the city.