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Topic: Kutupalong Community Health Clinic serves local Bangladeshi residents and Rohingyas living in nearby camps.
Translation summary: The Kutupalong Community Health Clinic opened in 2008 to serve 6,000 local people. When Rohingyas began surging into the area as of August 2017, fleeing violence in Myanmar, the government-run clinic began caring for them, too, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said physician Odit Kumar Baruwa.
Ishrat Fatima brought her 5-year-old daughter Asmot Ara from their home in Kutupalong Camp 7 last Thursday. The girl had been coughing and running a fever for seven days, her worried mother said. Cold and fever are common ailments treated at the clinic, along with diarrhea, headaches, skin diseases, and chronic issues such as hypertension and diabetes, Odit said.
The clinic also offers prenatal care. Taslima Begum, seven months pregnant, came for a checkup with her husband from their home in Taipalong village. It wasn’t clear where they planned to have the birth. (Among Bangladesh women, roughly a third, or 36%, in rural areas have skilled attendants in birth-control/family planning, compared with almost two-thirds, or 61%, in urban areas, UNICEF reports.) Odit said the clinic offers family planning information to interested parties.
The clinic has 24-hour ambulance service to take patients to hospitals for more advanced or specialized care, Odit said.
Report: Translated and voiced by Hamid Hussain
Topic: To reduce coronavirus risks, China has shut down wildlife trading – but some neighboring countries have not.
Translation summary: Scientists say the new coronavirus emerged late last year after animal-to-human transmission at a live wildlife market in Wuhan, China. Since then, the deadly virus has spread rapidly throughout the world. The crisis has prompted the Chinese government to ban trading in, and eating, illegal wildlife. But as VOA's Julie Taboh reports, not all at-risk countries are doing the same.