Health Desk-22 March, 2019: Around 2.2 million doses of oral cholera vaccine was administered to Rohingyas and the host community during four rounds of vaccination campaign from October 2017 to December 2018, said International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b).
The information was revealed at a dissemination seminar organised by icddr,b to share its emergency healthcare response and pre-emptive oral cholera vaccination measures for the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals (FDMNs) at a hotel in Cox’s Bazar or Thursday, said a press release.
Led by Dr Firdausi Qadri, a senior scientist at icddr,b, and coordinated by Dr Ashraful Islam Khan, a scientist at icddr,b, 150 staff members were involved in the vaccination campaign.
Addressing the seminar, Dr Ashraful Islam Khan said that the pre-emptive vaccination campaign has prevented an epidemic of cholera in Cox’s Bazar, which was highly anticipated by the global public health community.
Historically, cholera outbreaks are common phenomena in humanitarian crisis and have caused thousands of deaths.
The icddr,b was very quick to respond immediately during the Rohingya exodus that began late in August of 2017. The icddr,b and UNICEF jointly conducted a field assessment in Cox’s Bazar in September 2017, and identified the potential risks of a diarrhoeal disease outbreak.
Accordingly, icddr,b partnered with UNICEF to strengthen healthcare services for diarrhoeal disease and malnutrition in the Rohingya community.