28 Rohingyas rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia

Chickenpox outbreak in Rohingya camps

Our Correspondent

9th February, 2019 12:09:44 printer

COX’S BAZAR: Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) rescued 28 Rohingyas including seven children while being trafficked to Malaysia through waterway at Teknaf upazila in the district on early Friday.

BGB men also arrested two human traffickers identified as Muhibullah, 20, and Humayun, 18, both hailed from the Teknaf upazila.

Teknaf-2 BGB Commanding Officer Asadud Zaman Chowdhury said on information of gathering the Rohingya people to be trafficked to Malaysia from Gholachar and Noakhali areas under the upazila, they conducted two separate drives at the spots around 4:30am.

Eleven Rohingyas including three children were rescued from the Gholachar area, he said, adding that remaining 17 other Rohingyas including four children were also rescued from the Noakhali area.

The human traffickers were also arrested during the drives from the Gholachar and Noakhali areas, he said. The rescued Rohingyas were residents of several refugee camps at Teknaf and Ukhia upazilas, Asadud informed. The arrestees were handed over to the police stations concerned to take legal action in this connection, he said. 

Drives were going on to nab other accomplices of the arrestees, the BGB commanding officer added.

Meanwhile, around 20,000 Rohingya people in the Ukhia and Teknaf camps have been infected in an outbreak of chicken pox, a quite common disease of childhood in Bangladesh, reports UNB.

"All of a sudden, chicken pox cropped in a few houses in Balukhali Camp, later it soon spread to 15 houses, creating panic among the camp dwellers," said Lalu Majhi of the camp.

Lecturer of Cox's Bazar Medical College Hospital Dr Jahedul Mostafa said chicken pox is not as fatal as to kill patients. The infected can come round after taking a short medication and following some health tips. But panic still seizes the inmates.

Dr Abdul Matin, civil sergeant of Cox's bazar said the chicken pox was found spreading since December 22 last year, and around 20,000 people have been attacked since then.

Urging people not to be anxious about its spread, he said doctors and health volunteers are working to give treatment to the patients and making people aware of the disease.

The spread of the disease will come in control within a month, he assured.