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2 April, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Rohingyas vulnerable to COVID-19 infections

DEEPAK ACHARJEE, Dhaka
Rohingyas vulnerable to COVID-19 infections

The Rohingya refugees at Cox’s Bazar remain vulnerable to COVID-19 infections, as personnel from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and United Nations (UN) bodies are moving around the camps without any health screenings. At least 1,200 foreigners and 20,000 locals are working at the Rohingya camps, where at least 10 lakh refugees have been staying since 2017.

The good news is that, as of yesterday, no Rohingyas and NGO employees were infected by COVID-19. However, the district and upazila administrations have arranged for beds and isolation centres fearing possible infections.

Ukhiya’s upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Md Nirakuzzaman told The Independent that there is much concern over the COVID-19 outbreak.

“So far, no Rohingyas have been infected by the virus. But we are conducting awareness programmes through NGOs, armed forces, and law enforcement agencies to check the spread of the coronavirus in the camps,” he said.

Some foreign employees of the NGOs who arrived from abroad are following the 14-day home quarantine protocol as part of precautionary measures against COVID-19, he added.

“We are searching for Rohingyas who may have come from abroad and are likely to hide at the Rohingya camp. We have already identified a Rohingya man who returned from Australia recently. He has been placed in home quarantine,” Nirakuzzaman revealed.

“A Rohingya family that arrived from a neighbouring country recently is also under home quarantine,” the UNO added.

“We have set up a number of washing points with soap and water inside the Rohingya camps. This would facilitate the washing of hands, which is a precautionary measure against the coronavirus,” he said.

Teknaf UNO Mohammad Saiful Islam explained that not all foreign employees of UN bodies and NGOs are being screened. However, screenings are being conducted on those suspected of harbouring COVID-19 infections.

“Employees of foreign NGOs and UN bodies are providing food,

health facilities, and sanitation items. Their movement within the camps is on a limited scale,” he said. “Some NGO personnel are providing masks and hand sanitisers to the Rohingyas as well as conducting awareness programmes to keep the refugees safe from the virus,” he added.

Md Mahbub Alam Talukder, commissioner of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC), said it is impossible to bar the entry of NGO and UN personnel inside the Rohingya camps as they provide food and other facilities to the refugees every day.

“No one can enter the camps without prior permission from the authorities concerned,” he noted.

“We have already prepared field hospitals inside the camps as well as some United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) transit centres with the required beds,” he added.

It is impossible to maintain social distancing inside the overcrowded Rohingya camps, locals say.

At a videoconference on March 31, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the deputy commissioner (DC) of Cox’s Bazar to take the necessary steps to check the spread of COVID-19 inside the Rohingya camps.

At present, over 11 lakh persons, including some 700,000 Rohingyas, are staying at the camps in Cox’s Bazar.

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