Save the Children in Bangladesh will send nine mobile emergency healthcare support teams to Cox’s Bazar to give primary healthcare support to about 165,000 displaced Rohingya people.
The aid agency in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will send the support teams to provide healthcare support to the displaced Rohingyas, including 75,000 children and 42,000 pregnant and lactating women, said a press release of Save the Children, reports UNB.
The teams will spread over the makeshift camps at Balukhali, Kutupalong, Leda, Shamlapur, Hakimpara, Mainnerghoma, Burma Para/Tasnimarkhola, and Jamotoli/Thangkhali, providing infant and young child feeding and community-based management of acute malnutrition among infants. It will also provide mental health and psychosocial care support service and essential newborn care.
Rohingya children, currently sheltered at different makeshift camps, are suffering from different diseases, like diarrhoea and fever, and if countermeasures are not taken quickly, there may be a major disease outbreak.
“We are seriously concerned about the children and pregnant women and their grave health risks, and because of lack of sufficient health care services, they may have acute and chronic health effects. Save the Children is trying to provide the basic primary health care support within its capacity,” said Dr Shamim Jahan, the health director of Save the Children in Bangladesh.