The Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) partners– UN agencies and local, national and international NGOs –are working together for Bangladeshi and Rohingya communities with Bangladesh government to prevent spread of coronavirus in Cox’s Bazar.
No cases of coronavirus have been reported so far in the refugee camps, while there is currently one confirmed case in the local community in Cox’s Bazar, of a Bangladeshi returnee from overseas, says a press release.The Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC), civil surgeon office, district administration, and humanitarian community in Cox’s Bazar are moving decisively and implementing all measures to reduce the spread of the virus.
The health sector is stepping up support to Bangladesh to increase the isolation and treatment capacities in Cox’s Bazar, as well as striving to boost stocks of medical supplies and protective equipment for an adequate health response and to keep frontline health workers safe.
Hygiene promotion has been stepped up in the camps and Bangladeshi communities across the district, as well as at key government offices in Cox’s Bazar.
All partners are working to ensure that water and soap for hand washing is readily available to all. Additional measures, including increasing the number of hand washing facilities in distribution centres, health points, nutrition centres, community centres, government offices and other places where there is service delivery are underway.
Work is also underway to expand testing capacities for COVID-19 in the district by the national Institute of Epidemiology, Diseases Control and Research (IEDCR).
Cox’s Bazar has extremely limited capacities to provide intensive care treatment, including complicated COVID-19 cases.The United Nations agencies and other humanitarian and development partners are supporting the government’s efforts to expand existing treatment capacities, as well as the possibilities for treatment in the Rohingya settlements and nearby Bangladeshi communities.