MSF dramatically increased services following Rohingya influx since 2017
International medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, Thursday commemorates ten years of providing free medical care at Kutupalong hospital in Ukhiya.
Since its opening in 2009, up until April 2019, the field hospital has provided 925,436 outpatient consultations, 183,682 patients with mental health consultations, and 19,602 referrals to other health facilities for secondary-level treatment.
In its ten year history, out of 6502 deliveries, 65% of babies were local Bangladeshis.
“Today we mark MSF’s longstanding commitment to addressing healthcare gaps in the Kutupalong area. In the past decade, the hospital has become an important facility for patients to obtain high- quality, free of charge, medical care,” says Yashovardhan, MSF’s Project Coordinator.
“Our hospital is available to anyone from the local Bangladeshi and Rohingya Refugee communities. It was opened to support the local health authorities in addressing increased patient needs, following regular arrivals of Rohingya fleeing violence and exclusion in Myanmar, even before the August 2017 influx.”
In order to further bolster health facilities in Cox’s Bazar following the massive influx of Rohingya refugees in August 2017, MSF dramatically increased the services provided in the area, operating 10 health facilities, community based health-care, and extensive water and sanitation services.
“MSF is honoured to be a part of the lives of the people of Ukhiya and the Rohingya refugees. Our work would not have been possible without support from the Bangladeshi authorities, or the tireless efforts from our talented Bangladeshi staff,” said Arunn Jegan, MSF’s Emergency Coordinator in Bangladesh.
“Until longer-term sustainable solutions for the Rohingya people are given, MSF is committed to providing essential services in Cox’s Bazar.”
The Additional Commissioner of the Refugee Relief & Repatriation Commission, Kazi Mohammad Mozammel Hoque, the Health Coordinator of Refugee Relief & Repatriation Commission Dr. Abu Toha, and the Acting Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Ukhiya, Fokhrul Shumon, and others were there as guests.