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Author and artist: Sami Ahmed
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Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (stringer)
Topic: Camp residents and medical personnel talk about food and health care in Kutupalong’s Camp 2.
Translation summary: Mohammad Ismail, 52, came from Myanmar’s Maungdaw township in August 2017. He’s grateful to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for rescuing more than 730,000 Rohingya who fled violence in Myanmar that year. “We really appreciate her for the contributions that she has been doing for us,” he said.
Ismail’s family still has unmet needs, he said. “We get our food card for 750 takas every month. We only can afford to buy rice, oil, onion, salt, chili, lentils and dry fish,” but that’s not enough to buy any green vegetables or other fresh food.
Mohammad Ayub came from Maungdaw township’s Khiyari Fara area to Bangladesh on Oct. 9, 2016. Though the camps have health facilities, they’re overwhelmed because of the enormous population, he said. “These are not enough. For simple treatment, we can go to these hospitals or clinics. For serious matters, we have to go to Cox’s Bazar or Chittagong” hospitals – but only with a referral letter from a physician or other medical personnel. “After getting the referral letter, it takes time to get permission from the camp-in-charge.” Meanwhile, the patient’s condition can worsen, he said.
Taposh Chowdhury is the camp’s medical team leader. He told VOA that before the 2017 influx, it was normal for displaced Rohingyas to visit other places for medical treatment. But with almost a million Rohingyas now living in Cox’s Bazar camps and settlements, a process had to be set up – including for security reasons. If a patient has a referral letter, the camp-in-charge gives him or her permission to leave for medical care.
Dr. Mohammad Mominul Huq is a medical officer for Gonoshasthya Kendra, a Bangladeshi medical charity whose name means “people’s health center.”
It has faced challenges. “Sometimes, medicine is not in our stock.,” Huq said. Sometimes, a “tremendous amount of patients” arrive at once, “and it becomes difficult for the doctors to see them all in a day.”
Also, some patients “think that they are not getting proper treatment,” Huq said. “If the case is beyond our capacity, we then refer the patient to Cox’s Bazar medical hospitals.”
Web extra: Health sector partners working in Cox’s Bazar were operating 132 health posts and 32 primary health centers in the camps as of last spring, with more being planned or under construction, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported in a health sector bulletin last May. Partners also run field hospitals, diarrhea treatment centers; sexual and reproductive health centers (including for pregnancy and delivery), eye-care facilities and diphtheria treatment centers.
Coordinators strive to “rationalize and reduce duplication of health services, ensure appropriate geographic distribution of health facilities and to free up land for shelters and road infrastructure projects,” the report said.
For more, see http://www.searo.who.int/bangladesh/health-sector-cxb-bangladesh-no9.pdf
Author and artist: Mohammed Rukon Uddin
2-way report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (stringer) with show hosts
Topic: Rohingya private students and teachers
Summary: While every camp in Cox’s Bazar ha