Rohingya Refugee Youngsters Concern Demise from COVID-19, Survey Finds

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Practically all Rohingya youngsters dwelling in refugee camps in Bangladesh are conscious of COVID-19 and about 40 p.c are afraid of dying of the illness or dropping a member of the family to it, a brand new survey by Save the Youngsters mentioned.

Two-thirds of the youngsters feared being contaminated and about half have been distressed concerning the closing of play areas and studying facilities within the camps that home about 1 million individuals in and round Cox’s Bazar district, the British-based little one welfare NGO mentioned in its report launched early Friday morning (Bangladesh time).

“Youngsters inform us they’re terrified of dying. The worry of demise or dropping a cherished one could be very distressing for a kid, particularly when many have already skilled intense trauma and loss, having been pressured from their properties in Myanmar and caught in a congested refugee camp for the previous three years,” mentioned Onno van Manen, the director of Save the Youngsters in Bangladesh.

About 730,000 Rohingya have fled to Cox’s Bazar from Rakhine state in close by Myanmar since a navy crackdown in August 2017, becoming a member of a whole bunch of 1000’s already sheltering within the district’s sprawling however densely crowded camps.

Save the Youngsters spoke to 223 youngsters throughout a number of camps in Bangladesh to gauge their understanding concerning the coronavirus pandemic.

In a information launch asserting the nine-page report, the group additionally introduced it might be opening a 60-bed isolation and remedy heart for suspected COVID-19 sufferers from the Rohingya camps and the encompassing Cox’s Bazar neighborhood. It didn’t give particulars concerning the date of the opening.

Forty-seven Rohingya have been identified with COVID-19 and 5 have died after contracting the virus, in comparison with nationwide figures of 126,606 and 1,621, in accordance with the most recent info from Bangladeshi well being authorities. Globally, greater than 9.four million have been contaminated and greater than 483,000 have died, in accordance with illness consultants at U.S.-based Johns Hopkins College.

“Our new isolation and remedy heart will supply take care of reasonable to extreme instances of individuals with suspected and confirmed COVID-19. The middle might be staffed by an skilled workforce of 80 well being professionals and assist workers, together with Save the Youngsters’s Emergency Well being Unit, who’ve in depth expertise in managing illness outbreaks,” van Manen mentioned.

Reported by BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated on-line information service.


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