Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim on Monday said the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals would be supplied with Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) from Tuesday.
“We will start a week-long programme of feeding cholera vaccines to nine lakh people, including Rohingyas. Most of the people are stationed at the south-eastern part of the country. The aim is to check the cholera outbreak,” the minister said while addressing a press briefing at health ministry.
The minister added that 2.5 lakh children will be given the second dose of the vaccines two weeks later.
He added that after six months, booster doses would be provided to the kids of Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf where over five lakh Rohingya people of Rakhine state of Myanmar have taken shelter fleeing violence.
Nasim, also the presidium member of Awami League, said ‘Mother of Humanity’, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given shelters to Rohingyas with her motherly affection, on humanitarian ground and providing them with accommodation.
“According to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s directives, the health ministry decided to provide the maximum possible healthcare services to distressed Myanmar nationals with the limited resources of the country considering it’s a humanitarian issue,” Nasim said in the press meet.
State Minister of the ministry Zahid Maleque informed reporters that the health ministry has already administered ‘measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)’, ‘trivalent oral poliovirus (OPV)’ vaccine and vitamin A capsules to Rohingya children.
“Special arrangements were also made for pregnant women and the people who have high blood pressure, diabetes and other long-term diseases”, he added.
A total of 19 Rohingyas with HIV positive infection were identified till now, added the state minister.
Maleque said the HIV positive persons have been kept in an isolated place in order to provide them with proper treatment as well as check infectivity of the disease.
The ministry has already sent several medical teams to different camps of Ukhiya and Cox’s Bazar to detect various types of sexually-transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
Director General of Health Services Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad said, “Rohingya people are mainly suffering from diarrhoea, acute respiratory throat infection, pneumonia, chronic skin disease called ‘psoriasis’ and fever.”
Representatives from UNICEF, World Health Organisation (WHO), International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddrb) and Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) were present at the briefing.