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Published on Sunday, 09 December 2012 06:00
A monk seriously injured in the crackdown on the Latpadaungtaung protest will be hospitalised in Thailand, according to the Health Care Committee for Injured Monks in Latpadaungtaung Protest.
Medical treatment abroad is being arranged by the committee for Sayadaw U Takkanyarna who, among 100 others, was the most seriously injured monk during the crackdown, Bawaalin Sayadaw, a monk from the committee, said.
“The injured monks don’t have passports in hand. To receive medical treatment in Thailand, we have to apply for the passport for Sayadaw U Takkanyarna,” said Sayadaw U Thu, another monk from the committee.
He added that they had difficulty in applying for the passport as the Sangha Registration Card, which is necessary to apply for a passport, was burnt during the crackdown. He said, “First we will have to apply for the Sangha Registration Card, and then apply for the passport. The authorities have said they will help with medical treatment abroad.”
“According to the results of medical check-ups, it is not necessary for him to go abroad for treatment. But if the injured monks insist, the Sagaing Region Government will help them as much as it can, in applying for the passports and so on. There are no prohibitions,” said Dr Win Hlaing from the Minister of Social Welfare, Mandalay Division Region.
On December 2, a total of 105 injured monks and people were transported from Latpadaungtaung area and admitted to Mandalay Hospital. Currently, due to insufficient beds, 37 monks were transferred to Kandawnadi Hospital. Among the rest in Mandalay hospital, there are eight seriously injured monks.