Covid-19: BDRCS launches 30-bed medical centre for Rohingyas, host communities

Another 54-bed treatment and isolation centre to be inaugurated on Tuesday

The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) has launched an isolation and treatment centre in Cox’s Bazar to treat Covid-19 patients from the Rohingya camps and the host communities.

The 30-bed centre began its activities on Sunday, Enayetullah Akram Palash, an assistant director of BDRCS, told Dhaka Tribune on Monday.

Another centre with 54 beds will be inaugurated on Tuesday, he said.

The 30-bed centre is outside Camp-2 while the 54-bed one is outside Camp-7.

More than 200 personnel, including 24 doctors and 40 nurses, have been specially trained to impart treatment for Covid-19.

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Both the centres are expected to reduce the growing gap between the number of patients and medical needs in the densely-populated Rohingya camps and the host communities.

With more than 1,500 cases of Covid-19 in Cox’s Bazar region, including 37 confirmed cases and three deaths in the crowded camps, existing government hospitals and health facilities established by international organizations are under tremendous pressure.

Syed Ali Nasim Khaliluzzaman, head of population movement operation of BDRCS in Cox’s Bazar, said that the true extent of the outbreak may not be fully apparent yet due to limited testing and health facilities available for the residents of the camps.

“Extremely overcrowded living conditions, the existence of chronic diseases, basic sanitation and hygiene facilities and limited access to healthcare make the displaced people in Cox’s Bazar extremely vulnerable to the virus,” he said.

As part of coordinated humanitarian efforts, BDRCS has already established 12 healthcare facilities in the camps, but meeting the health needs remains a huge challenge for all aid organizations in Cox’s Bazar.