Health officials are declaring the latest nationwide drive against polio a success, though results are still coming in from some remote areas. As of February 26, the Department of Public Health was saying it was not yet ready to announce complete official results, although some regions reported reaching more than 95 percent of targeted children.
In a major nationwide overhaul of education, the government is to hire and train more than 100,000 primary-school teachers to work in a revitalised system, the Department of Education has announced.
The Tatmadaw has increased the pressure on Shan and Palaung armies fighting in northern Shan State to cease hostilities, warning of a planned “clearance” operation unless they pull back to the original border of their respective territories.
Foreign donors have agreed to provide US$75,000 to keep the peace process running until the National League for Democracy-backed government takes office at the end of March, negotiators said yesterday.
Yangon's traffic congestion is a major factor in fouling the city’s air, experts say. Speaking at an air quality seminar, Dr Than Htut, a retired head of the Occupational Health Unit, said it was the most important of three major causes of air pollution, the other two being electricity distribution and industry.
The Joint Monitoring Committtee, tasked to monitor compliance to the nationwide ceasefire, has pointed the finger at the Restoration Council of the Shan State for violating the agreement during recent clashes with another ethnic armed group.
Health officials are to continue their polio vaccination campaign beyond the official end of the program, which was yesterday, as it emerged that even in downtown Yangon less than half the under-fives eligible had been inoculated.
Government plans to coax armed groups that refused to sign the nationwide ceasefire back to the negotiating table may already have hit a snag, with armed group sources saying they are already headed for a dispute over the format of the meetings.
The US embassy in Yangon said it was “deeply concerned” over clashes involving ethnic armed groups and the military in northern Myanmar that have displaced thousands of people, warning that the violence threatened to unravel the country’s delicate peace process.