Bibi Fatema Khatun—Jan 13, 2018: Be-Nazir Ahmed, National Consultant UNICEF, said diphtheria now under control in Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar. He said this in an interview with health based web portal amarhealth.com recently.
Be-Nazir told amarhealth.com, ‘We organized a review meeting in this regard. People still infected with diphtheria. Because, soon after vaccination, it takes 28 days to be born with immune power. Still our expected vaccination program continued and 90 per cent of our targeted work has already done. However, the disease is now under control’.
Diphtheria was rooted out from Bangladesh decades ago, but again this disease has spread in Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar in recent time. Aiming to render proper treatment on the disease, the government has already taken several effective initiatives.
Be-Nazir Ahmed said, ‘Healthcare activities are running properly. Several diseases like- Cholera, HIV, TB etc. are now under control. There is nothing to be worried over the matter. Our campaigns achieved 89 percent success in this regard. There is no danger now’.
Mentionable, Diphtheria is an infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to difficulty breathing, heart failure, paralysis, and even death.
However, vaccination can heal and prevent this disease very easily.