Health Desk: 21 Feb’18: Vulnerable populations, including natives and Rohingyas, are at the risk of several diseases and in need of critical services for survival, said World Health Organization (WHO) Tuesday.
Six months after the start of the refugee crisis, the WHO through a media release called for continued efforts to further scale up health services for nearly 1.3 million people in Cox's Bazar -- Rohingyas and their surrounding host communities.
"Commendable efforts have been made by the government of Bangladesh and partner agencies to provide health services, prevent diseases such as cholera, and rapidly control outbreaks of measles and diphtheria. However, the challenges are huge, multiple and evolving. The magnitude of the crisis requires continued efforts and generous contributions by all partners to scale up health services for the vulnerable population," said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director for WHO South-East Asia.
For keeping a close watch on the situation, WHO established the Early Warning and Response System (EWARS) to rapidly detect and respond to disease outbreak.
WHO has been periodically carrying out risk assessments to enable the Ministry of Health and partners to take measures for detecting potential health risks and taking timely measures. WHO continues to lead and coordinate efforts of over 100 partners managing more than 270 health facilities.
The most impending challenge is to find a safe space to relocate the refugees in case of floods and cyclone during the upcoming rainy season.