WHO warns about cholera threat in Bangladesh

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Who News -

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) has warned of a grow­ing risk of a cholera out­break in the makeshift refugee camps in Bangladesh where some 436,000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims have sought shel­ter from un­rest in Myan­mar.

A month af­ter the ex­o­dus be­gan, those dis­persed in some 68 camps and set­tle­ments along the bor­der do not have safe drink­ing wa­ter and hy­giene fa­cil­i­ties. The camps also face dire short­ages of food and medicine in what has quickly be­come one of the world’s largest refugee set­tle­ments.

The lat­est influx has over­whelmed the camps around Cox’s Bazar, which pre­vi­ously housed at least 300,000 peo­ple who had fled ear­lier vi­o­lence in Myan­mar’s Rakhine state. Mo­bile med­i­cal cen­tres have been set up, while Bangladesh health au­thor­i­ties say they have treated some 4,500 Ro­hingya for di­ar­rhoea in a month and vac­ci­nated some 80,000 chil­dren for measles and po­lio.

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