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Pneumonia and diarrhea affects in Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

Photo: Unregistered Rohingya Refugee children treat bitter cold of winter with a bonfire in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh

By KPN

Pneumonia and diarrhea have been affecting Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and its neighboring areas since first week of January, said Korim Ullah, a refugee from Nayapara refugee camp.

Most of the children from Nayapara official Rohingya refugee camp are suffering from Pneumonia and diarrhea diseases due to winter season, he more added.

According to refugees, the refugee patients are taken to the Nayapara refugee camp clinic but they are only given oral saline and some medicines. But, no death reports with this disease in the camp.

Similarly, the refugee children from Leda unregistered refugee camp (Tal), Kutupalong official refugee camp and Kutupalong unregistered refugee camp are also suffering from pneumonia and diarrhea, Nur Kamal, a refugee from Kutupalong official camp said.

Besides, hundreds of local Bangladeshi children from Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf areas have been suffering from diarrhea and pneumonia and admitted in different clinics or hospitals of Teknaf and Cox’s Bazar as patients are increasing day by day, Ibrahim, a doctor from Teknaf said.

A medical officer Mohammed Saber from Cox’s Bazar said that since started of winter season, Rotavirus – a contagious virus that can cause gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines). Symptoms include severe watery diarrhea, often with vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain – was found in the areas which affect mostly infants and young children and become severely dehydrated and need to be hospitalized and can even die.

About 200 to 250 children have been admitted in Teknaf and Cox’s Bazar hospitals from local areas and only four children were died in Teknaf area, according to Teknaf health center.