September 20, 2017

Women join walkathon to fight anaemia

6000 women participated in Yangon’s 3rd Women’s Walking Race which was held in Yangon. Photo: Tin Soe
6000 women participated in Yangon’s 3rd Women’s Walking Race which was held in Yangon. Photo: Tin Soe

THOUSANDS of people joined Yangon’s 3rd Women’s Walking Race on 14 February, where participants received free examinations for anaemia.
Around 6,000 women walked along Waizayanda Road in Thingangyun Township, Yangon, on Sunday. “I have participated in this event for three years to reduce possible health problems for my body by my changing lifestyle,” said walker Daw Kyin, 56, who plans to take part in the walkathon event next year. Organised by the Ministry of Sports and a partner medicine company, the event is aimed at promoting awareness on anaemia, a common health problem for women.
As in previous years, the event featured free medical examinations, public health seminars and entertainment programmes.
Dr Thin Naing Oo said: “Anaemia is most common in Myanmar women and remains the country’s major health problem.”  The disease has been found in women in Kayah, Shan and Rakhine states as well as Taninthayi and Ayeyawady regions.
According to surveys conducted in 2003 and 2005, seven in ten pregnant women were found to be anaemic.

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