The government and several NGOs are struggling to provide health care to Rohingyas who have been transferred to Bhasanchar from the Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camp in Bangladesh. It is a challenge to bring critically ill patients from the island to any hospital on the mainland.
The number of births and deaths in the last year is almost the same. The government, however, has been very successful in preventing Covid-19 infection and vaccinating the Rohingya population.
The WION team visited several vaccination centers. Rohingyas have been seen coming to vaccination centers to get vaccinated. Two-thirds of Rohingya living in Bhasanchar have already been vaccinated.
The government is currently carrying out various campaigns to vaccinate the entire Rohingya population.
There is only one specialist hospital with only 20 beds on Bhahsanchar Island for Rohingyas.
A baby was hospitalized for several days with diarrhea. The mother claimed her child was doing much better after receiving treatment and medication from the hospital. “My baby got better after receiving oxygen and injections. The doctors treated him well,” the mother said.
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In another scenario, a woman who has been admitted to hospital with symptoms of kidney disease is not receiving the required treatment. Speaking to WION, the woman said, “I have a kidney problem. It hurts a lot here. I’m in pain.”
Gonoshasthaya Kendra works to ensure the welfare of the Rohingya with funding from UNHCR. Last week, for the first time in almost a year, a young pediatrician joined the Kendra.
It has been noted that doctors struggle to provide first aid, especially to patients who urgently need better treatment and are intoxicated.
According to the director of the clinic, critically ill patients are often at risk of dying due to the distance between the mainland and Bhasanchar Island. There is also a lack of adequate means of transport.
According to the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission, 255 children were born in Bhasanchar last year. In one year, 207 Rohingya died in the camp. Most of those who died were children and the elderly. However, in recent months the death toll has dropped significantly.
Despite all these challenges, the success achieved in the health sector over the past year is quite impressive.
Bhasanchar is the only place where not a single Rohingya has yet been infected with Covid.