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Govt readies testing lab for possible outbreak in Rohingya camps

  • Published at 04:46 pm March 23rd, 2020
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Initiatives have already been taken to avoid public gathering in the district, says IEDCR chief

The government has kept a testing lab ready in Cox's Bazar to identify and treat the Rohingya and other citizens if any infections are reported in the coastal district.

Initiatives have already been taken to avoid public gathering in the district, said Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) while briefing the press via videoconference on Monday.

“There is a testing lab with the Cox's Bazar Medical College Hospital. If any person gets infected in the district, initiatives will be taken to take the patient to the hospital for testing and treatment,” she said responding to a query.

Both the government and international agencies are putting great emphasis on placing preventive measures in the refugee camps since it will be very difficult to deal with a situation that may arise from any infection.

So far, no Rohingya have been found with symptoms of the coronavirus infection in any of the 34 camps.

But compared to the rest of Bangladesh, about a million Rohingya refugees are at a greater risk of being infected by the deadly Covid-19 mainly due to the crowded and unhygienic conditions at the camps, according to health officials.