Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 25 May 2019

Trial operation of UAE-funded hospital for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh begins

The hospital will cater to children and elderly Rohingya refugees

A UAE-funded field hospital at a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh began trial operation on Tuesday.

The mobile clinic was flown to Bangladesh by flydubai this month along with a team of Emirati medical volunteers.

Under the supervision of Emirati doctors, the hospital will cater to children and the elderly and will work under the system of UAE field hospitals in refugee camps, reported the state news agency Wam.

Founded by the Zayed Giving Convoy in Bangladesh the hospital will enhance the level of services provided to refugee children, through its field and mobile medical units equipped with specialised medical equipment, a reception unit, emergency unit, care unit, lab unit and an integrated pharmacy.

It will work in co-ordination with officials in the country and in conjunction with the Emirates Volunteering Centre. The hospital will be managed by the Emirates Programme for Community and Specialised Volunteering.

UAE cardiac surgeon, Dr Adel Al Shameri, chief exectuive of the Zayed Giving Initiative and Head of Emirates Doctors, said the hospital began its first operational stage on Tuesday, after completing all the necessary administrative procedures and installing the required technical equipment to receive refugee patients from the Rohingya community.

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August, when the Myanmar military launched a wide-ranging crackdown in response to a string of attacks by insurgents.

The number of arrivals, most of them women and children, has overwhelmed Bangladeshi authorities as well as international aid agencies.


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