Char­ity opens Dh3M hos­pi­tal for Ro­hingya

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Staff Re­porter re­porters@khalee­j­

shar­jah — A Shar­jah-based hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tion on Fri­day in­au­gu­rated a Dh3-mil­lion, 100-bed hos­pi­tal for Ro­hingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar dis­trict, Bangladesh. It is ex­pected to serve 7,200 ben­e­fi­cia­ries in its first year.

It has been built by The Big Heart Foun­da­tion (TBHF) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Medicines Sans Fron­tieres — Doc­tors with­out Bor­ders, aim­ing to pro­vide ‘round-the-clock health­care to about 140,000 dis­placed Ro­hingya, in­clud­ing a size­able num­ber of in­fants and young chil­dren. The Shar­jah Me­dia Cor­po­ra­tion had raised the fund for the project ear­lier this year.

Sheikh Sul­tan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, hu­man­i­tar­ian en­voy of TBHF, and chair­man of the Shar­jah Me­dia Coun­cil, in­au­gu­rated the fa­cil­ity in Ku­tu­pa­long camp.

The hos­pi­tal is equipped with in­ten­sive care units, pae­di­atric and ma­ter­nity wards, mo­bile clin­ics, and other units in­clud­ing sup­port ser­vices for sex­ual as­sault vic­tims — all run by a med­i­cal team from Doc­tors with­out Bor­ders. The med­i­cal fa­cil­ity houses a water pu­rifi­ca­tion sys­tem, which will cater not just to pa­tients but to the area’s res­i­dents ex­posed to water-borne dis­ease out­breaks such as cholera, bloody di­ar­rhoea, ty­phoid and oth­ers.

It is also equipped with hitech warn­ing sys­tems to de­tect in­fec­tious dis­eases and con­trol out­breaks. Emer­gency tools and teams are ready to re­spond to epi­demi­o­log­i­cal con­di­tions or nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

Sheikh Sul­tan bin Ahmed said: “The Ro­hingya refugees are among the most suf­fer­ing com­mu­ni­ties any­where in the world to­day. With the in­au­gu­ra­tion of this hos­pi­tal, we have ex­tended the com­pas­sion to sev­eral in dire need.”

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