Health Minister Mohammed Nasim has assured newly arrived Rohingya refugees that the government will provide them with medical support.
“Healthcare services will be ensured to all Rohingya who have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state. The government has taken the decision to ensure no contagious diseases spread in the country,” he told reporters after visiting Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhiya upazila of Cox's Bazar on Saturday afternoon.
The minister said the new arrivals were already being treated to help prevent any possible spread of measles and polio.
A total of 32 medical teams have been working with the refugees. The government has already allocated provisions of 120,000 measles vaccines, 40,000 polio vaccines and 38,000 different vitamin pills at their disposal.
Nasim said: “The Myanmar government is carrying out ethnic cleansing in Rakhine. It is tantamount to mass murder. Thus, the Rohingya are fleeing to Bangladesh in large numbers.”
“Yet this doesn't mean the Rohingya will stay in this country forever. The Myanmar government must take them back,” he added.
Earlier, the minister led the relief distribution of the Awami League-led 14-party alliance at Kutupalong camp. He was accompanied by Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu and former minister Dilip Barua, among others.