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Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin
Topic: Vision care for Rohingyas and host community in Cox’s Bazar district
Translation summary: For more than a week, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) development organization and OneSight health charity teamed up to test and treat vision problems for Rohingya camp residents as well as people living in the host community. Early on Wednesday morning, a team of optometrists and volunteers set up for a second day at Kutupalong Government Primary School on a main road in the town of Raja Palong. Community members lined up, joining schoolchildren, teachers and staff in getting their eyes tested. Nine-year-old Mohammad Riduwan was among the nearly 500 patients for that day’s free clinic. Within an hour, he was fitted with corrective lenses popped into flexible red frames. “After they’ve given me glasses, it’s clear everywhere,” the boy said. “I didn’t expect the facility would be this good,” added his mother, Samira Begum, who’d brought her child from the nearby town of Ukhiya.
Aid groups and government entities are working to give more support to communities near the camps, whose Bangladesh residents also face economic strain.
Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (stringer)
Topic: Health care in camps for forcibly displaced Rohingyas
Translation summary: Health care treatment still falls short in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps.
Anayat Hussain, a 35-year-old living in Balukhali refugee camp, said he has been suffering from hepatitis C for at least five months. The liver disease, caused by a virus, can cause fever, fatigue, nausea and other symptoms. Hussain said he has sought help from a dozen clinics and hospitals. He said some places offered care but he didn’t improve, others didn’t provide medicine, and still others prescribed medicine that he couldn’t afford. Hussain – who comes from Tami village in Myanmar’s Buthidaung district – said he needs more help to support his four children as well as his blind and deaf mother.
Sayed Amin, 40, works as an interpreter for Food for the Hungry/MTI Hospital. At his shelter in Kutupalong Camp 1-W, he told VOA that some Rohingyas with chronic ailments had gone without health care in Myanmar and still were falling short on treatment in Cox’s Bazar, despite a number of health facilities in the camps. He said primary care facilities can’t make referrals to hospitals outside the camps until a patient’s condition is poor, and getting permission from the camp-in-charge can create another complication.
Web extra: The Rohingya refugee camps have 129 health posts, along with 32 primary health care centers (PHCs) that operate around the clock, but “gaps in PHCs persist,” according to the most recent health bulletin from the Inter Sector Coordination Group for Cox’s Bazar. That report, released in November, said the camps need 13 more primary health care centers to meet minimum standards for care. https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/sites/www.humanitarianresponse.info/files/documents/files/health-sector-cxb-bangladesh-no-11.pdf