Vice President U Henry Van Thio and Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint met with internally displaced persons, injured service personnel and civilians in Lashio yesterday.
They first visited the 100-bed Defence Services Hospital No. 9 in Lashio and presented cash assistance to injured government troops and police wounded in the recent fighting with armed groups in north-eastern Shan State.
Afterwards, they visited the Kachin Baptist Church and delivered cash assistance and aid including food and household goods to IDPs being sheltered at the church.
At the meeting with the IDPs, the Vice President expressed his sympathy to the women who are suffering due to the armed conflict, calling on the armed groups and the people to work together for regional peace and stability.
Speaker U Win Myint reiterated that the parliament has been monitoring the community peace and stability in the region in order to provide mental and physical security and the rule of law to the people.
During the visit to the 500-bed Lashio People’s Hospital, the Vice President and the Speaker comforted the patients receiving medical care for injuries sustained during the fighting and presented cash assistance to them.
They also met with families of police officers killed and injured in the fighting between government troops and armed groups in north-eastern Shan State and pledged to give necessary support to them.
The Vice President also expressed pride for the fallen police officers and encouraged the families to overcome their obstacles with a strong spirit.
Speaker U Win Myint also expressed his regret over the loss of human resources at a time when the country is on the path to a democratic union, calling for active participation of the people in nation building.
At the meeting, the Vice President, the Speaker and Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe presented cash assistance and aid to the families of the fallen police.
In the afternoon, they provided Ks150 million to the fallen soldiers and the injured from the operations in the north-eastern Shan State through Commander of North-East Command Maj-Gen Phone Myat.
During the visit, the delegation led by the Vice President provided IDPs with more than Ks409 million contributed by the National Disaster Management Committee, the parliament, the Ministry of Border Affairs and Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.— Myanmar News Agency