Health Desk: 22 March 2018: Rohingya refugees are receiving comparatively better healthcare facilities in Bangladesh, said speakers at a programme on Wednesday.
Bangladesh government has launched vaccination campaign against diphtheria and taken measures to prevent diarrhoea among Rohingyas in the refugee camps.
They said this at the programme organised by Universal Medical College and Hospital Ltd in the capital's Jatiya Press Club to reveal the findings of a survey on health issues of Rohingya people.
Universal Medical College and Research Centre (UMCRC) conducted the survey on 10,393 Rohingya people from November 25 to December 4, 2017 at Kutupalang and Balukhali refugee camps in Ukhia upazila of Cox's Bazar.
While reading the study findings, Prof Ridwanur Rahman, head of UMCRC, said before coming to Bangladesh, around 50 percent of the surveyed people had suffered from diarrhoea and 38 percent had the symptoms of tuberculosis.
Speaking at the programme, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim said Bangladesh has shown generosity to Rohingyas.
President of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad Prof Dr M Iqbal Arslan said since monsoon season is coming, the Rohingya people will be at risk.
Priti Chakraborty, chairman of Universal Medical College and Hospital Ltd; Prof Dr Syed Modasser, president of Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC), also spoke at the programme.