The UNHCR is also supporting authorities to increase the intensive care capacity of Sadar Hospital, with 10 ICU beds as well as eight high dependency beds, and provision of staffing
The UNHCR has provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as other urgently needed medical supplies to the Government of Bangladesh in Cox’s Bazar to support preparedness and response to Covid-19.
The donations, which include gowns, masks, goggles, gloves, hand sanitizers and disinfectant equipment, have been made to both the Civil Surgeon’s Office and the Sadar Hospital in Cox’s Bazar, said a press release on Sunday.
Despite global shortages of PPE due to the unprecedented scale of the Covid-19 pandemic, massive efforts are underway in Bangladesh to provide the necessary protection to front line health workers, who are serving the needs of both local Bangladeshis and Rohingya refugees.
“We are grateful for this timely and critical support from UNHCR, when we need it most,” said Dr Md Mohiuddin, medical superintendent of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, the release added.
The UNHCR is also supporting authorities to increase the intensive care capacity of Sadar Hospital, with 10 ICU beds as well as eight high dependency beds, and provision of staffing.
In Cox’s Bazar, UNHCR has also been working in close collaboration with the national authorities in a race against time to prepare medical facilities to respond to those who may be affected by the virus.
This includes establishing an Isolation and Treatment Centre, which is currently under construction in Ukhiya, that will serve those who require care among the local Bangladeshis and the Rohingya refugee community.
This is one of several facilities being prepared by humanitarian partners and the Bangladesh government, the press release said.
“The outbreak is a global challenge that must be addressed through international solidarity and cooperation. We continue to work hand-in-hand with the government authorities to ensure the best response possible for all affected communities,” said UNHCR’s Senior Public Health Officer in Cox’s Bazar Sandra Harlass.
UNHCR and partner agencies have provided additional resources to local health centres in the sub-districts of Ukhiya and Teknaf, as well as to primary health centres within the camps.