CARE Bangladesh opens Covid-19 isolation centre at Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camp
Cox’s Bazar: CARE Bangladesh opened a 40-bed isolation centre in Rohingya Camp 4 Extension at Cox's Bazar to treat and support the Rohingya community with mild to severe COVID-19 symptoms. The centre is well-equipped with separate dormitories, washrooms and bathing spaces for male and female patients where doctors, ambulance, medicines, oxygen support, and Covid-19 sample collection services are available around-the-clock. The centre, running on solar power, also plans to provide three meals a day to all patients. People with mild COVID-19 symptoms will be referred to the centre from the various health facilities across the camps. CARE Bangladesh will monitor suspected and mild Covid-19 cases in the isolation centre while moderate and severe cases will be referred to advanced medical facilities for treatment.
At the opening event, Bangladesh Government’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) Shah Rezwan Hayat expressed satisfaction as chief guest and thanked CARE Bangladesh for establishing such a centre within such a short time that is complete with gender-sensitive features. He shared, “We should fight Covid-19 together. CARE Bangladesh has worked hard to set up this isolation centre.”
Camp-in-Charge of Camp- 4 Extension Md. Mahfuzar Rahman, and Health Coordinator at Office of RRRC Dr. Abu Toha M.R. H. Bhuiyan were also present as special guests. They urged CARE Bangladesh to ensure round the clock services in the newly completed isolation centre in coordination with Site Management Service (SMS) and other stakeholders.
Country director of CARE Bangladesh Ramesh Singh was present during the event where he stated, “This is an excellent example of our work together with Bangladesh Government and different stakeholders. CARE started their journey in Bangladesh for a long time with good collaboration and cooperation of the Government.”
Deputy country director (Humanitarian) of CARE Bangladesh Ram Das shared, “From the very beginning, CARE received excellent support from the Office of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner in setting up this isolation centre. The need is huge and this is a small contribution from CARE to ease a bit the fight against COVID-19.”
Health volunteer Yeasmin, a Rohingya woman living in the camp, said, “The isolation centre will be good for us. In the camps, many people live together in small shelters. If any family member is infected by coronavirus, isolating is not possible. The isolation centre will help people stay separately from their family. If we find an infected person, we will refer them to the centre for better treatment.”