Burma Times Correspondent: August 29, 2015
Two infant children and a pregnant woman have died in the Leda refugee camp of Bangladesh in the last few days as Rohingyas in the overcrowded camps continue to suffer from a lack of medical facilities.
On Monday, one and a half year Qader Hossain died after suffering from breathing problems. The same day, a three and a half year child Md Ullah died from fever. Both were given treatment by a local village doctor who was unable to provide them with any cure.
Locals claim such diseases could easily have been cured if the Muslim Aid or any other humanitarian agency was present.
In March, Bangladesh government expelled Muslim Aid and stopped all relief efforts in the camp creating a humanitarian disaster in the area. Since then, scores of infant children have died from lack of medical care.
Meanwhile a pregnant woman about to give birth died on Thursday. 22 year Arefa Begum had birth related complications and was unfit for normal delivery. Her family however lacked the resources to afford the surgical procedure.
Previously, such complications were taken care of by the Muslim Aid.
Recently, the IOM has opened a clinic a short distance away from the refugee camp. However, refugees complain that the facilities of the hospitals are mostly reserved for the local Bengalis and the Rohingyas are shunned away.
The issue of aid for the Rohingyas have been controversial in the Leda area. Local Bengalis say they are also poor, and any aid for the Rohingyas must also accommodate them.
So when IOM was given permission to build a hospital in this area, it was situated not inside the refugee camp but a short walk away on the assumption that both Rohingyas and Bengalis can use it. But now Bengali community leaders are telling the refugees that since the clinic is outside the refugee camp, it is not meant for them.